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BEARS is a user-friendly screening tool to help identify sleep problems in children. Ask yourself these questions.
B - Bedtime
- Does my child have trouble going to bed? Or
trouble falling asleep?
E - Excessive Daytime Sleepiness
- Is my child difficult to awaken in the
- Does my child seem sleepy or groggy during
- Does my child often seem tired during the
day? (In children, tired may mean moody,
hyperactive, “out-of-it”, as well as sleepy.)
A - Awakening During the Night
- Does my child awaken during the night and have trouble going back to sleep?
- Is anything else interrupting my child’s sleep?
R - Regularity and Duration of Sleep
- How many hours of sleep does my child need at this age?
- What time does my child go to bed and get up on weekdays? On weekends?
- Does this allow my child to get enough sleep every day?
S - Snoring
- Does my child snore? Loudly? Every Night?
- Does my child stop breathing, gasp, or choke during sleep?
If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, your child may have a sleep problem that should be discussed with your pediatrician or pediatric sleep specialist.