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.
FASDsleep.com provides the opportunity to take part in sleep research, and sends out detailed sleep resources to parents.
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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
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.