Sleep Tight Trafford - an innovative service to help children living in Trafford get a good night’s sleep has been shortlisted for a Children and Young People Now (CYPN) award.
Sleep problems in children are increasing and have been raised as a growing national concern, with wide ranging impact on school attendance, behaviour, learning and links with childhood obesity.
Leading North West charity, the Together Trust, is working alongside Trafford Council and NHS Trafford Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), to deliver help and support to parents across the borough and have been shortlisted in the Partnership Working category in the CYPN Awards 2017.
Chris Hoyle, Sleep Tight Trafford coordinator at the Together Trust, said: “Sleep is something we tend to take for granted yet it has a huge impact on our ability to learn, our behaviour and our health.
“Sleep problems are increasingly common in children and can have a devastating impact on the whole family. I am delighted that Sleep Tight Trafford has been nominated for this award and hope it will help to raise awareness about the importance of sleep.”
British children are among the most sleep deprived in the world yet sleep is vital for our health and wellbeing. Sleep Tight Trafford has helped 38 families with their sleep problems, including five-year-old Neel.
Cllr Michael Whetton, from Trafford Council added: “Trafford welcomes the recognition of the innovative work that is taking place through this project, which is supported by both Trafford Council and Trafford CCG. The outcomes achieved to date are positive and will have a long lasting impact on the quality of sleep for children and families in Trafford. Professionals have also improved their knowledge of sleep issues enabling them to better support children and their families.”
Neel has autism and difficulty communicating, he has had sleep difficulties since he was one and has been taking Melatonin every night to help him settle to sleep.
Despite the medication, Neel was falling asleep with a parent and waking in the night for several hours and sometimes not falling back to sleep at all. Neel’s sleep problems were having a huge impact on his parents and younger brother who were being woken every night. Neel was so exhausted that he would sometimes fall asleep at school, which was affecting his ability to learn.
The Sleep Tight Trafford team worked with Neel’s mum to devise an individual sleep programme and resources which are essential to help Neel to learn his new routine.
This had a huge impact within a week. Neel’s mum said: “We followed the sleep programme and since the day you came, Neel has been sleeping in his room with the light off all night. He is super tired and goes to sleep at 7.45-8pm and wakes up at 6.45am. The sleep programme has changed our lives for the better.”
Award winners will be announced at a ceremony in London on Wednesday 22 November.
For more information on the service visit www.togethertrust.org.uk/sleep-tight-trafford for help and advice along with details of how to book an appointment to talk to one of the Sleep Tight Trafford team at a one to one sleep clinic.