BEARS Questionnaire

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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 morning?
  • Does my child seem sleepy or groggy during the day?
  • Does my child often seem tired during the day? (In children, 'tired' may mean moody,
    hyperactive, or “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 a pediatric sleep specialist.