Many sleep problems in children and adolescents are the result of poor sleep hygiene, which is a pattern of behavior that makes it difficult for a child to fall asleep on his or her own. Over time, poor sleep habits can become difficult to change.
The sleep specialists at Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital at NYU Langone recommend following a few basic strategies during infancy and early childhood that can help to create a relaxing sleep environment for your child. These good habits can eliminate excess stimulation and reinforce your child’s positive thoughts about sleep:
Following these strategies can help to prevent problematic sleep patterns, even in children with underlying medical conditions that can interfere with sleep.
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