National Sleep Foundation:

Health for Kids:

A fun and interactive page for children, with information on the importance of sleep and tips for how to get ready for bed

Young Minds:

Provides information on topics including anxiety and worries, nightmares, night terrors, wetting the bed, and altered sleep problemsYoungMinds Crisis Messenger service:

For urgent help, young people can text YM to 85258; all texts are answered by trained volunteers, with support from experienced clinical supervisorsProvides free, 24/7 crisis support across the UK.

The Mix:

Offers helpful advice on how much sleep young people need and how to recognise the signs of not getting enough sleep.


  • Explains insomnia and other sleep problems, giving practical suggestions for what you can do and where you can go for support

Mental Health Foundation:

Good Thinking provides digital mental health support for London.

  • Includes NHS approved apps, guides, workbooks, podcasts and blogs
  • Relating to different mental health difficulties such as low mood, anxiety, sleep, and stress
  • Main page:


Mindfulness topics include kindness, gratitude, positive thinking, and patience, among othersContains soothing audio stories, meditations, music and white noise (audio only, to avoid using screens at bedtime)

Free download; premium subscription unlocks new and additional content (free 7-day trial, then £29.99/year)

Provides breathing exercises, visualisations, and focus- based meditationOffers videos for children:

Sessions are customised for three age groups: 5 and under, 6-8, and 9-12, with “Goodnight” and “Sleep Tight” meditations tailored to each groupAlso include 45-minute sleepcasts to help children fall asleep

  • Free download; free 2-week trial, which automatically converts to yearly payment of £49.99. Cancel anytime.

Sleep Meditation for Kids:

  • Consists of scripted story meditations, with relaxing sound effects and gentle music
  • Designed to help children with sleep issues, insomnia, stress, anxiety, and to increase feelings of confidence and well-being
  • Suitable for all children up to the age of 12
  • Free download; features one free 13-minute bedtime meditation, plus 7 other meditation tracks available to buy as inApp purchases


I Love You, Little Monster, by Giles AndreaeThe following books are recommended by the Royal College of Psychiatrists (

Can’t You Sleep, Little Bear?, by Martin Waddell
The Goodnight Caterpillar: A Children's Relaxation Story, by Lori Lite
A Boy and a Turtle: The Children’s Visualisation Book, by Lori Lite

For more therapeutic stories about bedtime, see Little Parachutes:
Why Do You Need a Good Night’s Sleep? (by BBC CBeebies’ Get Well Soon, with British doctor Dr Ranj Singh):
Tommy the Bedtime Turtle (by Cosmic Kids Yoga, with Jaime Amor):
Why is Sleep Important? (from Chwee Hang Baey):
This Is The Way We Go To Bed (by Super Simple Songs):


  • Sitting Still Like a Frog: Mindfulness Exercises for Kids (and Their Parents), by Eline Snel
  • Sitting Still Like a Frog Activity Book: 75 Mindfulness Games for Kids, by Eline Snel
  • Neon the Ninja Activity Book for Children who Struggle with Sleep and Nightmares: A Therapeutic Story with Creative Activities for Children Aged 5-10, by Dr. Karen Treisman
  • What to Do When You Dread Your Bed: A Kid's Guide to Overcoming Problems with Sleep (What-to-Do Guides for Kids), by Dawn Huebner (Author), Bonnie Matthews (Illustrator)




Sleep! Let’s Talk About It! (by Rise Above):

What would happen if you didn’t sleep? (a TED-Ed lesson by neuroscientist Dr. Claudia Aguirre)

The benefits of a good night’s sleep (a TED-Ed lesson by paediatric neurologist Dr. Shai Marcu):

Roman Kemp’s Sleep Experiment (by Rise Above, with radio host and TV personality Roman Kemp):

The Sleep Council:

Child Mind Institute:

Royal College of Psychiatrists:

National Sleep Foundation:


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Why do we sleep? (TED talk by Russell Foster, Director of the Nuffield Laboratory of Ophthalmology and the Head of the Sleep and Circadian Neuroscience Institute):

How do Teenagers Sleep? (by Penguin Books UK, with Professor Matthew Walker, author of bestselling book “Why We Sleep”):

How can Sleep Affect a Teenager’s Education? (by Penguin Books UK, with Professor Matthew Walker, author of bestselling book “Why We Sleep”):

Help your child to sleep – empower connection to relax (TEDx Talk by Danish bestselling author Gitte Winter Graugaard):



An evidence-based digital sleep intervention that has been shown to help people fall asleep, stay asleep, feel refreshed, boost energy, and improve performance

Sign up online, do the sleep test, and create an account at:

You can then download the app, designed to supplement the online programme, free from the App store

Free for NHS staff, and available at no cost from some IAPT talking therapy providers


  • Provides breathing exercises, visualisations, and focus-based meditation to help you go to sleep, including:
    • “Sleepcasts” (45-55 minute-long audio experiences)
    • “Wind downs” (meditation and breathing to prepare the mind for sleep)
    • “Nighttime SOS” (guided exercises for waking up in the night)
    • Sleep music and sleep radio
  • Free download; free 2-week trial, which automatically converts to yearly payment of £49.99. Cancel anytime.
  • For more information, please see:

Mentally Healthy Schools:

Offers suggestions for teachers to discuss the importance of sleep with primary school students.

Provides links to external resources on topics including:

Sleep Relaxation:

Good Sleep Hygiene:

11 ways to get a good night’s sleep:

Teaching English (BBC):

Available for download: a sleep lesson plan and sleep student worksheet, including a sleep self-assessment quiz

Public Health England:

Offers a Year 6 Lesson Plan Pack available for download:; and a KS3 and KS4 Lesson Plan Pack:

Includes a lesson plan, PowerPoint, and action plan exploring the benefits of good quality sleep for the brain and body.

The PowerPoint includes a video that provides students with helpful strategies for better quality sleep.