Sleep Scotland was founded in 1998. It is a charity which promotes healthy sleep in children and young people through sleep awareness, sleep counselling and education. For the last fifteen years, the organisation has worked throughout Scotland developing sleep services and providing intensive sleep programmes for children with additional support needs by training sleep counsellors to work directly with families in need of sleep support.
In 2010, Sleep Scotland launched Sound Sleep, a project aimed at raising awareness, in mainstream schools and youth groups, of the importance of sleep for teenagers’ emotional and physical wellbeing. Sound Sleep incorporates a one-day ‘Train the Trainer’ course, and a training pack to equip professionals with the knowledge and tools required to educate teenagers on the importance of good sleep habits.
Through sleep counselling, training and developing sleep awareness, Sleep Scotland aims to give children and young people the best chance to reach their potential, becoming successful learners, confident individuals, effective contributors and responsible citizens.
We provide the following services:
Sleep counsellors work with parents, carers and other professionals to examine current sleep patterns and problems and implement behavioural and cognitive techniques.
Sleep counsellor training
An intensive six day course which examines the processes of sleep and different types of sleep disorders. Cognitive and behavioural analyses show how children with additional support needs develop poor sleep patterns. In conjunction with parents and carers, a range of specially adapted techniques are tried to improve the child’s sleep patterns.
An education programme that raises teenagers’ awareness of the importance of sleep for their health and wellbeing, and helps them implement positive sleep habits in their routines. Launched in 2011 throughout the UK, Sound Sleep consists of a training day and teaching resource manual for professionals working in secondary schools.
Support call service
An information and help line for parents, carers and other family members, which provides a listening ear.