[26] How to help your teenager to get a good night’s sleep with Vicki Dawson

children's sleepSleep is vitally important to your child’s educational success. When I’ve been into schools around the country and as I’ve been working with my study skills coaching clients I’ve noticed that a lot of teenagers have fallen into very bad sleep habits. That’s why I wanted to find a sleep expert to share their wisdom for the podcast. The expert I found was Vicki Dawson, CEO of The Children’s Sleep Charity and she shared a wealth of information that will help you to make sure that your child’s sleep is optimal for their mental and physical wellbeing as well as their academic success.

About Vicki Dawson

Vicki Dawson is the Founder and the CEO of The Children’s Sleep Charity, a charity that supports children and young people to get a good night’s sleep. She is a member of the British Sleep Society and on the Board of the British Paediatric Sleep Association. Prior to supporting youngsters with sleep issues, she spent 18 years working as a teacher and understands the impact of sleep deprivation on a child’s ability to meet their full potential both in and out of school.

Vicki is passionate about encouraging young people to recognise the importance of sleep for their emotional, physical and mental wellbeing. The charity has developed a number of accredited training packages that have received national recognition. She was recently awarded The Duke Of York Community Initiate Award for Outstanding Leadership, she is regularly featured in the national press speaking about sleep and has also co-written over a dozen published books.

What you can expect to hear on the podcast

Vicki tells us about her son’s sleeplessness and how it made her become passionate about sleep.

How much sleep teenagers should be getting

Why quality of sleep is just as important as quantity and the factors that affect sleep quality.

Why your teenager is still tired even when they have healthy sleep habits

What a good bedtime routine looks like for a teenager

How to spot when your teenager is experiencing behavioural sleep problems and what you can do about it

How to know when your teen’s napping habit is detrimental to their sleep

The importance of going to sleep and waking up in the same environment for good quality sleep

The difference between adults’ and teens’ body clocks and how to manage this so it doesn’t damage your child’s education.

Useful links

How to manage your teen’s behaviour with Anne Goldsmith
The Children’s Sleep Charity Manifesto
Teen Sleep Project Video on YouTube
The Exam Success Formula – my study skills course for parents and students

Where to find Vicki and The Children’s Sleep Charity online

The Children’s Sleep Charity Website
Twitter – @TheSleepCharity


The podcast is six month’s old! Leave a review to have the chance of winning a signed copy of my book

This episode marks the six-month birthday of this podcast, The School Success Formula. To celebrate I’m giving away three signed copies of my book, The Ten Step Guide to Acing Every Exam You Ever Take. To win a copy leave a review of the podcast before midnight on 3rd January 2018. I will pick the three winners on 4th January and announce them on the podcast episode on 10th January 2018. You will need to contact me with your postal address to receive your copy of the book.

If you already have a copy you might like to give that copy to your child’s school library or to a friend so that you can keep the signed copy.

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January mocks revision kickstart workshop

My last revision workshop of the year will be happening on Saturday 16th December. If your child has GCSE (or A Level) mocks in January sign them up to the workshop so that they get a good revision plan in place for the Christmas holidays and make the most of their mocks.

Sign-up here for the January mocks revision kickstart workshop

Useful links

My book, The Ten Step Guide to Acing Every Exam You Ever Take.

Ten Steps to Exam Success download.

Supportive Parents, Successful Students facebook group

Lucy on twitter: @LucyCParsons

Contact Lucy by email: lucy@lifemoreextraordinary.com

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