Sleep in Babies, Kids, Teens, and Pregnant Women
Resources for Families
Here you will find links to sleep centers and specialists and websites about sleep and sleep problems in babies, kids, teens, and pregnant women. A separate section lists websites for teens.
Sleep Centers and Specialists
- American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM): Sleep and Children. Information about the amount of sleep kids need at each stage of growth, signs
that your child may have a sleep problem, and tips to help your child sleep
better. Includes information about sleep problems and treatments. You can also look at
AASM's information about sleep and pregnancy.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Parents Are the Key. Tools and resources for parents in English and Spanish about the most dangerous driving situations for young drivers (including drowsy driving) and how to avoid them.
- Cleveland Clinic: Sleep and Children. Information about sleep by age group; common sleep problems such as nighttime awakenings, nightmares, and head banging and head rocking; and more serious problems such as insomnia, obstructive sleep apnea, and restless legs syndrome.
- Harvard Medical School: Healthy Sleep. Information about why sleep matters, the science of sleep (including sleep
changes in children), getting the sleep you need, and sleep problems. Includes
written material, video clips, and online activities.
- HealthyChildren.org: Sleep. Articles and video and audio clips about babies and phases of sleep, safe sleep environment and practices, and sleep apnea.
- KidsHealth: Your Kid's Sleep. Articles in English and Spanish for parents about sleep and bedtime routines,
apnea, bedwetting, bruxism, bed sharing, nightmares, night terrors, sleepwalking,
and sudden infant death syndrome. Includes articles for kids and teens.
- National Sleep Foundation (NSF). Information about sleep and sleep problems in babies, kids, teens, and pregnant
women. Gives answers to common questions about kids and sleep. View Sleep for Kids for facts about sleep, games, and puzzles.
- YourChild: Development and Behavior Resources: Sleep Problems. Information about sleep and babies, kids, and teens; teaching good
sleep habits; sleep needs; and sleep problems. Links to sleep diaries and additional
resources for parents.
- Moon R, ed. 2013. Sleep:
What Every Parent Needs to Know (2nd ed.). Elk Grove Village, IL: American
Academy of Pediatrics. [Book].
- St. Louis Sleep Diagnostic Center. 2010. A Parent's Guide to Sleep Disorders. St. Louis, MO: St. Louis Children's Hospital. [Brochure].
- Center for Young Women's Health. Information for teen girls about healthy sleep habits and caffeine.
- TeensHealth: Common Sleep Problems. Information in English and Spanish about what happens during sleep, why teens
have trouble sleeping, periodic limb movement disorder, restless legs syndrome,
obstructive sleep apnea, reflux, nightmares, narcolepsy, sleepwalking, coping,
and treatment. Gives five ideas for better sleep and information about how much sleep teens need.
- Young Men's Health: Healthy Sleep Habits. Information for teen guys and young men about the importance of getting enough sleep and tips for better sleep.
- National Sleep Foundation (NSF). 2007. Facts About Drowsy Driving (Teens/Young Drivers). Washington, DC: National Sleep Foundation (NSF). Also available in Spanish.
Learn more about sleep in babies, kids, teens, and pregnant women and anxiety, depression, trauma, and stress, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism spectrum disorders, bruxism, parasomnias, and rhythmic movement disorder, caffeine, insomnia, narcolepsy, polysomnography, pregnancy, restless legs syndrome, sleep apnea, sleep deprivation, and sleep practices.
Need more information? Use the collection of resources that NCEMCH staff have put together for you and your family.
Sleep in Babies, Kids, Teens, and Pregnant Women: Family
Resource Brief. (October 2011). (Updated: November 2014).
Authors: Susan Chauncey Horky, L.C.S.W., M.S.W., University of Florida; Susan Brune Lorenzo, M.L.S., NCEMCH; Mary H. Wagner, M.D., University of Florida.
Contributors: Kristen Hedger Archbold, R.N., Ph.D., University of Arizona; Candace Dreier, R.R.T., University of Wisconsin; Carla Salldin, Parent Consultant, University of Washington; Sarah Walker, M.S., M.P.H., R.D., University of New Mexico.
Reviewers: Jeanne Anastasi, M.A., National Sudden and Unexpected Infant/Child
Death and Pregnancy Loss Resource Center; Olivia Pickett, M.A., M.L.S., NCEMCH.
Editor: Ruth Barzel, M.A., NCEMCH.