Give the gift of sleep this Christmas

This Christmas we need your help to keep our vital Sleep Advice Service running.

More families than ever before are turning to us, desperate to get some sleep, and we are struggling to keep up with demand.

Did you sleep well last night?

For thousands of families across the UK who have a child with a brain condition, last night was the latest in a long line of broken sleep. We all know how we feel if we miss a decent night’s sleep – it affects our mood, ability to concentrate and think, our work and our relationships too.

Imagine if that was the case every night, week after week, month after month, year after year. It’s not surprising that families who turn to us are desperate for advice, information and support to help them settle their child to sleep. Because when their child sleeps, they can sleep too and the whole family benefits.

Did you sleep well

Why do we need your help right now?

Short and disrupted sleep is common in children with brain conditions and specialist advice is needed to overcome the complex challenges they face. Our Sleep Advice Service is unique in being able to provide the tailored support that children with a brain condition need.

We’ve experienced a huge increase in the number of families contacting our Sleep Advice Service for help. Demand is growing rapidly as more, and more therapists, GP’s and healthcare professionals, are signposting families to our unique Sleep Service.

In 2021 we provided one-to-one support to 571 families. This grew to 804 families in 2022 and in the first eight months of this year alone we supported over 1,000 families. We currently have a six week waiting list. The number of families visiting the Sleep Resources on our website grew from 55,973 (2021) to 97,500 so far in 2023.

We are struggling to keep up with demand and need your help to continue our work.

Vanessa explains what it’s like to have a child with a brain condition who doesn’t sleep well and how hard this is for the whole family.

“The different strategies suggested by the Sleep Team and the constant support made a massive difference – Z now falls asleep within 15 minutes”

“The Sleep Service has given us help and advice on how to improve my child's sleep. This has made a huge difference. G is now only waking around twice a week and his overall mood and behaviour have improved as a result of him getting more sleep”.

“Our son sleeps anywhere between no sleep to 4/5hours each night. We received telephone advice from the Sleep Service. It has helped with small changes in sleep and helped us look at the sleep problem from an entirely different view”.

Cerebra’s Sleep Service - It was just simply amazing! There was great communication and I felt very well looked after. Hugo did manage to improve his sleep and I just wanted to say that you’re doing an amazing job”

“Sleep is such an emotional subject for parents struggling with children who have neurological issues. This service is amazing and the Sleep Team were understanding, reassuring, experts in their knowledge but most importantly treated all of us as individuals too”

How will your support make a difference?

Your donation will help us to provide more families with specialist sleep advice and support that will help the whole family get a good night’s sleep.

Your donation to Cerebra this Christmas will help fund:

Our Sleep Team

At the heart of our Sleep Service is our team of highly qualified Sleep Practitioners. This team is at the frontline, delivering one-to-one support to families. Each Practitioner is currently supporting around 130 families at any given time. We would love to expand this team so that we can help more families and reduce the current six-week waiting list for this urgent support.

Ground-Breaking Sleep Training

Our Sleep Training courses and workshops educate healthcare professionals, doctors, nurses, carers and parents, so that we can build an army of qualified people to reach tens of thousands of struggling families.

Sleep Guides and Resources

We’ve developed a number of research-driven Sleep guides and resources for families to take away with them from our workshops and to download online. Extra funding will help us to make more copies available for families.

Cutting Edge Research

Research on sleep in children with brain conditions is sadly lacking. The Sleep Project we help fund will change this. The cutting edge research will help to understanding different types and causes of sleep problems, identify how poor sleep impacts on children with brain conditions and their families, trial new interventions to reduce sleep problems.

Meet some of the families we’ve helped this year

Finding Calm At Bedtime

Four-year-old B has sensory issues as well as developmental issues, particularly around communication. It was taking B a long time to fall asleep and he ...
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Advice, Support and Information – A Family Story

“Our son J is three years old. He’s a little firecracker with a vibrant personality and he loves to play with toy cars, trains, planes, ...
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A Good Night’s Sleep Has Transformed Our Family Life

“Annabelle loves being active - running, jumping, climbing, swinging etc. She also loves water, whether it be in a bath or the swimming pool. She ...
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mum putting her daughter to bed

Dealing With Nightmares

“Our son is 11 years old and has Asperger's syndrome. He is an animal lover and seems to know everything about dinosaurs. He is quiet ...
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Sleeping boy

Struggling To Get To Sleep With Tourette Syndrome

Our Sleep Advice Service is there to help your child - and you - get a good night's sleep. In this post one mum explains ...
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Falling to sleep alone and waking in the night

Mum Gabby got in touch to tell us how her three year old son Theodore was not only struggling to fall asleep on his own ...
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