Sleep problems that affect children and how to overcome them; a short guide


It’s quite common for children, at some point, to have trouble getting and staying asleep at night. To help them overcome these problems, it’s important to first discover the cause of their sleep problems. Outlined here are a few sleep problems that can affect children and ways to overcome them;

1] Noisy bedtime routine. Too much noise and excitement before bed will make it hard for children to settle down. It’s best to leave the 20 minutes before bedtime as quiet time – where children can read a story before bed and wind down.

2] Eating habits. Chocolate and soda drinks have a lot of sugar in them and this can keep children hyped up before bed, making it hard for them to fall asleep at their bed time. To ensure they get a good night’s rest, make sure they avoid these foods from the late afternoon onwards.

3] Nightmares and night terrors. If children are prone to waking up in the night scared and crying, they may be having nightmares or night terrors. To help them through this, they may need a visit to the doctor if their behaviour is severe. They may also benefit from a night light in their room, to help them fall asleep without being scared.

The Wishing Well foundation

The Wishing Well was established in 2010 to offer children in out-of-home care, such as foster care and residential care, a range of healing and treatment options usually not accessible as a free therapy in mainstream health.

The Wishing Well raises funds to enable children and young people to access developmentally-appropriate and trauma-informed treatments shown to be highly effective in dealing with severe trauma and neglect. These therapies respond to the unique needs of each child and young person.

The Wishing Well is a not-for-profit incorporated charity organisation, established and managed by people seeking to improve outcomes for children and young people in out-of-home care and their families. The Wishing Well recognises the importance of the act of giving. We recognise the significance of the participation of community members and all donations are most appreciated.

The Wishing Well operates ethically, effectively and empathically with a view to achieving quality outcomes and a satisfying working environment.

Support the Wishing Well

The Wishing Well uses its funds to help children in need access all manners of developmentally-appropriate and trauma-informed treatments. The Wishing Well takes referrals for any child/young person in out-of-home care in NSW.  Applications are assessed by qualified personnel and on a case-by-case basis.  The decision to fund an application is affected by the following:

  • Funding availability
  • The support the child/young person has to access the proposed therapies
  • The capacity and willingness of the Carer Household to support the child/young person
  • Assessment, which recommends and supports the proposed therapy as relevant to meeting the particular needs of the child/young person

The Wishing Well gratefully receives donations, funding and resources through bequests, corporate partnerships, fundraising events, grants, online donations and other fund raising activities. Money donated to The Wishing Well enables traumatised children access to healing therapies. Please see our website for more information:


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