Video to help with young children's sleep

The Parenting Research Centre is assisting with a Hunter New England Population Health and University of Newcastle study that is exploring ways of helping parents to manage their children’s sleep.

The study, funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council, examines the effect of increased opportunities for outdoor play periods on physical activity and sleep duration among children attending childcare centres.

We have been engaged to produce a short video explaining how much sleep young children need, why sleep is important, and basic strategies to improve child sleep. The video is part of an intervention designed to improve sleep in toddlers and preschoolers.

Approximately 40 parents participating in the study have been randomly selected to watch the video and receive a 30 minute phone call from a psychologist from the Parenting Research Centre to discuss ways to implement the strategies. Parents also receive two follow-up text messages to encourage use of the strategies.

This Hunter New England Population Health and University of Newcastle study is the first randomised controlled trial reporting on the impact of a sleep intervention on physical activity and sleep in preschool-age children. The study findings will inform future research and interventions examining the impact of sleep on children.