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Health visitor invents game to help children to get a good night’s sleep

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A specialist health visitor in Sussex has developed an innovative board game to help nurses and other professionals understand the importance of a good night’s sleep for children.

Queen’s nurse Ruth Silverman, who provides training on sleep issues, hopes the interactive resource – called The Sleep Game – will raise awareness and help ensure professionals working with children and families provide the best advice.

“In recent years, I’ve been focussing on improving sleep awareness and training for a range of professionals in West Sussex,” said Ms Silverman, who is a qualified nurse, midwife and health visitor.

“The Sleep Game supports this training and is a fun way of learning new knowledge and skills for any professional working with children,” she said.

It comes on the back of an increase in the number of children being diagnosed with sleep disorders with sleep issues affecting around 40% of children and young people.

The game encourages players to talk about sleep issues and includes useful information on topics including sleep patterns, sleep problems, monitoring sleep and techniques to encourage sleep.

Aimed at health visitors, school nurses, childcare and early years workers, it is designed to be used as part of formal or informal training or supervision, noted Ms Silverman.

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The Sleep Game

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She developed the game, which has a distinctive sleepy sheep logo, with specialist educational games company Focus Games.

The initiative also has the backing of Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust and West Sussex County Council.

Stephen Hillier, West Sussex County Council cabinet member for children and young people, described the game as “absolutely brilliant”.

“A bad night’s sleep stops any of us from being at our best and for children whose young minds are developing at a rapid rate, sleep is especially important,” he said.

“This is a fun and interactive way to learn about why sleep is so vital, and the game will give professionals better knowledge to then pass down to parents, carers and young people about the enormous lifelong value of healthy sleeping habits,” he added.

The Sleep Game is available for other organisations to buy at a cost of £60 – not including VAT.

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The Sleep Game

Source: Focus Games

Health visitor invents game to help children get good night’s sleep

 

Focus Games

The Sleep Game

Source: Focus Games

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