A good night's sleep is important to our physical and mental well-being. For children and youth, getting enough sleep contributes to feeling well, doing well in school, and to mood and behaviour.

For children and youth with mental health concerns, getting enough sleep can mean:

  • less aggression
  • less hyperactivity
  • less depression and anxiety
  • better concentration

Families can develop good sleep hygiene by:

  • Exercising during the day
  • Avoiding bright lights after dinner (including TV and computer)
  • Making sure the bedroom is dark, quiet and comfortable
  • Having a bedtime routine, including going to bed at the same time every night

Find out more information on sleep and ways to help children and youth to have a good night’s sleep in the Healthy Living Toolkits and in the tools and resources below.

Interactive Bedtime Routine

If your family is dealing with bedtime struggles, a consistent bedtime routine can be helpful. This interactive activity will help children and parents develop a more structured bedtime routine. Check off the activities as you complete them and then receive a special goodnight message! You can also choose to print your customized routine.

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See Also: 
Here to Help Sleep Resource
Free downloadable sleep resource with top sleep hygiene tips for adolescents and young adults. Information on the link between sleep and mental health
National Sleep Foundation
Geared towards kids. Interactive games and challenges on sleep benefits, hygiene, barriers, nightmares and more
Toolkit for Families: Sleep Tips for Kids
Sleep tips for kids from the Healthy Living Toolkit for Families.

BC Children's Hospital

This is an agency of Provincial Health Services Authority, providing provincial tertiary mental health services to the citizens of British Columbia. Programs include: Adult Tertiary Psychiatry, Geriatric Psychiatry, Forensic Psychiatric Services, Child & Adolescent Mental Health, Women’s Reproductive Mental Health, as well as the Provincial Specialized Eating Disorders Program for children and youth located at the BC Children’s Hospital.

Provincial Health Services Authority

Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) is one of six health authorities – the other five health authorities serve geographic regions of BC.

Ministry of Health

British Columbia Ministry of Health

RBC Children's Mental Health Project

RBC Children’s Mental Health Project is RBC's cornerstone “health and wellness” pillar; RBC Children’s Mental Heath Project is a multi-year philanthropic commitment to support community-based and hospital programs that reduce stigma, provide early intervention and increase public awareness about children’s mental health issues.

BC Children's Hospital Foundation

Through a wide range of fundraising events and opportunities, The BC Children's Hospital Foundation is united with its donors by a single, simple passion - to improve the health and the lives of the young people who enter BC Children's Hospital every day.