About this event

  • Date and time Wed 27 Nov 2019 from 8:30am to 5:00pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine
  • Organised by Sleep Medicine

Sleep is essential for the development of children, as well as for good academic performance and good mental health.

However, sleep problems are often missed or poorly managed in children. In this conference, we will look at the latest scientific discoveries in the field and how we can apply them in clinical settings, schools, and families to optimise children's sleep.

We will cover a number of common sleep disorders in-depth, how good sleep practices can become part of the school curriculum and how it can be disseminated to the wider population.

We'll look at the broader issues around sleep, with a focus on: 

  • The role of good sleep in child development, academic performance and mental health
  • How specific sleep disorders manifest in this population and the challenges of diagnosing and treating these disorders
  • The latest interventions that can address sleep in children on a population level
  • Sleep disorders in specific populations, including children with neuro-disabilities, and how they are managed
  • Practical techniques to tackle sleep problems in children and adolescents.

We would like to thank our exhibitor(s):

CamNtech and Flynn Pharma  

Please note that none of the companies listed have had any influence or involvement over the agenda, content or organisation of this meeting.

Key speakers

Vicki Dawson

CEO and Founder of The Children's Sleep Charity

Dr Christopher-James Harvey

Head of Teensleep Project and Lecturer Oxford Online Programme in Sleep Medicine

Speaker's biography

Dr. Harvey is currently working on a project aimed at optimising sleep in teenagers and working to integrate sleep education into the school curriculum.

Dr Alexander Nesbitt

Consultant Neurologist, Sleep Disorder Centre, Guy's & St Thomas'

Speaker's biography

Dr Nesbitt is an expert in body clock disorders and will look at how these manifest in adolescents, including looking at the role of screens and technology on sleep.


View the programme

Registration, tea and coffee
Welcome and Introduction

Session one

Sleep to learn - The importance of sleep in learning and development

Dr Anna Weighall, Reader in Education, Director of MSc Psychology and Education, School of Education, University of Sheffield

A new intervention for sleep in children

Vicki Dawson, CEO and Founder, The Children's Sleep Charity 

Tea and coffee break

Session two

Sleep disorders and deprivation: Obesity, metabolic and endocrine consequences

Dr Hui-leng Tan, Consultant in Paediatric Respiratory and Sleep Medicine, Royal Brompton Hospital

Narcolepsy - Missed sleep disorders

Dr Kirstie Anderson, Head of Regional Neurology Sleep Service and Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer, Institute of Neuroscience, Newcastle University

Sleep in children with neurodisabilities

Dr Eleni Paliokosta, Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Tavistock and Portman NHS Fondation Trust 

Panel discussion

Session three

Sleep training in babies and toddlers

Mrs Janet Harrison, Children's Sleep Consultant, Mainly UK

Teenagers, body clocks and technology

Dr Alexander Nesbitt, Consultant Neurologist, Sleep Disorder Centre, Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust

Tea and coffee break

Session four

Teensleep: The impact of sleep education on Adolescent’s sleep

Dr Christopher-James Harvey, Senior Strategic Teaching Fellow, Imperial College London

Sleep engineering and the future of sleep and learning

Professor Penny Lewis, Professor at School of Psychology, Cardiff University

Panel discussion
Close of meeting


Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole St, Marylebone, London, W1G 0AE, United Kingdom