Although sleep problems differ at each stage of life, the same principles underlying sleep apply across the lifespan. Our links with the latest research developments in the treatment of sleep problems allows us to apply effective treatments to all people.
School-aged children (5 to 13 years)
The extent of insomnia in children is under-estimated. For some children, their insomnia is strikingly similar to adults. For many other children, they try to delay going to bed, once in bed will come out and ask many questions, and/or require their parents nearby to fall asleep. We offer separate treatment programs for younger (5-7 yrs) and older children (7-13 yrs). The main difference is we provide cognitive therapy for older children. Each program aims to help children to learn to sleep better, by themselves, in their own bed.
Other types of sleep disorders
Apart from the sleep problems listed above, children can also experience other forms of sleep disorders that can be treated with medical interventions. These disorders include sleep apnea, periodic limb movement disorder, and restless legs. We recommend contacting the Women's & Children's Hospital for children with these disorders (ph: 8161 6037).