Sleep difficulties are a major concern for a huge number of families raising disabled children. As one exhausted parent put it, “We are tired all the time and some days, we can barely function”.

Research by Family Fund showed 93% of families surveyed reported being awake during the night with their children, 49% reported health issues as a result, while almost a third had not sought professional support.

Family Fund has responded by working with families and a number of partner organisations, including Sense, Cerebra and The Children’s Sleep Charity, to provide a comprehensive and accessible resource for sleep support, where advice, information, resources and details of local support are available in one place. This sleep support hub, Tired Out, was launched in September last year, and it has received a very positive response from families.

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