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The FASD Sleep Project

The FASD (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder) Sleep Project is part of a PhD titled "Sleep, Emotion and Behaviour in children with FASD."

UCL Institute of Education: Lifespan Learning and Sleep Laboratory

One of the main concerns for parents of children with FASD is sleep. Sleep is important to healthy behavioural and psychological development. By improving children's sleep, we can improve daytime behaviour, anxiety and frustration. provides the opportunity to take part in sleep research, and sends out detailed sleep resources to parents. 

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We learn about Sleep Science
     Learning about Sleep Science      
The Lifespan 
Learning and Sleep Laboratory
UCL Institute of Education
PhD Project: Sleep, emotions and behaviour in children with FASD
What children have taught us about sleep so far 
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 Take part in a Sleep Workshop   

Periodically, we will be running workshops for caregivers,

given by sleep scientists at The UCL Institute of Education. 

Get in touch to find out more>>>

How we can help you 


Receive a short report on your child’s sleeping patterns (complete questionnaire>>

Ways in which you can help your child sleep - behavioural interventions; sleep hygiene resources.

Behavioural results 

Emotion - key areas 

Suggested behavioural and emotional interventions


Receive a long report on your child's sleeping patterns (complete questionnaire>> attend sleep workshop, child wears actigraphy watch and respiration monitor at night for a week)

Ways in which you can help your child sleep - behavioural interventions; sleep hygiene resources.  

Behavioural results

Emotion - key areas

Suggested behavioural and emotional interventions 

Actigraphy results 


Pulse oximetry

Consultation with sleep expert 


If you are interested in receiving the long report, please indicate your interest at the end of the questionnaire. 

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Sleep plays an important part in children’s development. A good nights sleep can have an effect on children's physical and mental health, especially on behaviour and emotions. 


Many children have issues with sleeping. But, for those with FASD, sleep problems might be particularly difficult to deal with. 


Around 80% of parents and carers of children with FASD say their children have problems. These can include: 


Frequently waking up at night

Feeling scared at night 

Sleep walking

Problems settling 

Problems waking 

Problems understanding the concept of bedtime

Melatonin or sensory issues


Yet, we know relatively little about why sleep is so important in children’s development. In fact, scientists do not know why we sleep. What we do know is that if we address sleep problems, we can begin to help the emotional and behaviour problems that children may face. 

​This research is looking at whether sleep problems can be linked to behavioural problems, or emotional problems. We then want to look at whether we can help these problems through tailored intervention. FASD itself is a condition that is unique to every individual that has it. Interventions therefore have to be tailored to each individual. 

Your participation in this research will enable us to conduct some vital research into FASD, behaviour and sleep. You can take part if your child is aged between 6 and 16. To learn more, or take part, click the button below. 

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