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Counselling is 'best for youngsters with poor sleep'

56529572Screening children for a range of sleeping problems and talking about sleep strategies with parents could help younger children settle into school, new research from Australia has suggested.

Researchers discovered that when kids had sleep-related consultations with parents, they had fewer sleep problems and better habits at bedtime than youngsters whose parents did not receive counselling.

While the study was limited and did not demonstrate how the sleep improvements brought about changes in academic achievements during the course of the year, the team from the University of Melbourne claimed that parents should still ask for advice for their child's sleep if concerns are high.

Paediatric sleep specialist Jodi Mindell, representing St Joseph's University in Philadelphia, said of the situation: "Some of them still have poor sleep habits where they are going to bed too late, they don't have a bedtime routine, and many of them are still having parents stay with them when they go to sleep at night."

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