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.