Dr Andrew Mayers

Children's sleep

Media links

My children's sleep work frequently attracts the attention of local and national media. Please click here to see an overview of radio, TV, and other media appearances.

This page is devoted to addressing the global need to tackle children's sleep problems. My aim is to provide reliable resources for parents, teachers, or anyone else for whom children's sleep is important (with information that verified by some of the leading experts in children's sleep across the UK). You can access information about common sleep conditions in children and explore the likely causes and potential consequences of those problems. You can also download and/or purchase resources, find directions to professional services, and get some guidance towards how problems with children's sleep can be managed. All of these resources are available by clicking on the appropriate buttons on either side of this page.

Children's sleep problems are more common than many people think. As many as 2 in every 5 children will develop some kind of sleep problem during childhood; this is even higher where there are special needs. Insufficient sleep can damage learning processes, cognition, and concentration. Poor sleep also affects behaviour – at school and in the home. Often the whole family suffers, and it is often the cause of marital conflict. Despite this there are few support services nationally. Through this web page, and with the help of my expert colleagues across the UK, we aim to redress that.

Please note that the information provided here is for guidance only. If you need specific advice about a child's sleep problems, you should seek professional help. I cannot give advice directly to the general public through this website or via e-mail. I may be able to signpost to appropriate services, depending on the circumstances.

CPHVA conference

In October 2013, it was my great honour to be invited to give two talks at the Annual Professional Conference for the Community Practitioners and Health Visitors Association (CPHVA) at York Racecourse. I presented some of my work on children's sleep and, in a separate plenary, perinatal mental health (click here for more details). Please let me know if you would like a copy of my presentation slides.