Better Nights, Better Days

for Children with Epilepsy


We are currently recruiting for the Better Nights, Better Days for Children with Epilepsy study! Leading clinical researchers at Dalhousie University and the University of Toronto worked together to modify the original Better Nights, Better Days program to be appropriate for children with epilepsy. While we know the original program is effective in improving sleep in children without epilepsy, the current study is determining if the revised program is usable and effective to improve sleep in children ages 4 to 10 with epilepsy.


Interested in taking part? Please click this link if you are interested in participating!



The Program

Modifications have been made to the original Better NightsBetter Days program to support families of children aged 4-10 with epilepsy. Information has been integrated to help improve parents’ sleep as well as their child’s. All eligible participants will receive access to the program.

Epilepsy Pre-Session:

Gain an understanding of the relationship between epilepsy and insomnia, and anti-epileptic medications and sleep. 

Session 1: Introduction 

Introduction to the program and information about how sleep works and how sleep problems develop.

Information for parents about adult characteristics of sleep; how sleep problems develop in adults, and a link to download an adult Sleep Diary from the National Sleep Foundation.  


Session 2: Healthy Sleep Practices  

Learn about healthy sleep practices and routines, and how doing things differently during the day and at night can help your child sleep better.

Includes prompts for parents to consider the influence of factors on their own sleep, including their own sleep schedules, bedtime routines, sleep location, use of electronics before bed, exercise and diet, positivity, and sleep associations. 


Session 3: Settling to Sleep 

Focus on problems settling to sleep independently at naptime and at bedtime.

Includes evidence-based strategies recommended for adults on improving their ability to fall asleep.


Session 4: Going Back to Sleep 

Focus on using tools to help with night-wakings and what to do if your child wakes too early in the morning.

Includes evidence-based strategies recommended for adults to manage to night wakings, napping, and early morning awakenings.


Session 5: Looking Back and Ahead 

Review your goals and progress you’ve made during the program, and develop a plan for the future.

Includes descriptions of other sleep problems that adults may experience and guidance for when adults should contact their healthcare provider for assessment and treatment.



Better Nights, Better Days Program Tools


Sleep Diary 

Fill out a daily online sleep diary to track your results and see patterns in your child’s sleep and behaviour as you complete the sessions. 

Weekly Activities and Reviews

Complete activities that will help you make positive changes to improve your child’s sleep.  For instance, learn how to create sleep routines, a healthy sleep environment, and practice techniques to reduce stress.

Track Your Progress

Throughout the program, you'll receive feedback on the positive changes that you're making to your child's sleep.