Texas Health Steps

Promoting Healthy Sleep for Children and Adolescents

child asleep in bed

What You'll Learn

The important role sleep plays in cognitive and psychosocial development throughout childhood and adolescence, and how you can assist parents in creating and maintaining healthy sleep routines for their children.

Not only is sleep restorative for children, it also is an active period for their brains and is important for learning, memory and executive function. More than 1 in 4 children experience sleep problems that can interfere with their growth and development. When you guide families toward healthy sleep routines and detect sleep problems early, you can help prevent future sleep-related physical and behavioral health problems in children as well as risky behavior in adolescents.