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Health Tip: Track Your Child's Sleep

(HealthDay News) -- If your child struggles to fall asleep, keeping a sleep diary can help figure out why.

The University of Michigan Health System suggests what to include in a sleep diary:

  • The time your child woke in the morning.

  • The time your child napped during the day, and how long the nap lasted.

  • The time your child went to bed, and if possible, the time he or she fell asleep.

  • Any problems your child had in falling asleep, any remedies and whether those remedies proved effective.

  • The time, if any, your child awoke during the night, and how long your child stayed awake.

  • How you handled your child's night waking, and whether it was effective.

Online Medical Reviewer: Louise Akin, RN, BSN
Online Medical Reviewer: Daphne Pierce-Smith, RN, MSN, FNP, CCRC
Date Last Reviewed: 11/20/2013
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