Tired Out?

Tired Out, Family Fund’s new sleep support service, is live and ready to support parents and carers of disabled children with sleep issues. Tired Out aims to support families by pulling together all information and resource about sleep and putting it in one place. This includes information about UK-wide support available to families in their local area, useful sleep tips and a wide range of research, resources and stories from families themselves.

In 2013 Family Fund gathered feedback from over 2,000 parents and carers across the UK about the impact of sleep difficulties on households. the subsequent report, Tired all the Time, revealed the startling findings that 93% of parents and carers were up in the night caring for their disabled child. Parents and carers reported how they experienced significant financial, social and emotional challenges as a direct result of not having enough sleep. They wanted to be listened to, heard and also be better able to access information and support.

Following Tired All the Time, we made a commitment to do more and help families bridge the gap to a better night’s sleep, and have spent the last 18 months sourcing funding and working in partnership with leading organisations across the charity, disability and academic sectors to create Tired Out.  These partners play a key role to keep the site content up-to-date and relevant to better support families raising disabled children and young people.

We hope to make it easier to find out about what is available in your local area, useful tips and a wide range of resources, providing a complete sleep support service.

“For me? Well, I know it could be a lot worse and for that I am extremely grateful. However, it is far from ideal. Our son Brody tends to wake up in the middle of the night and come into our bed (and then wake up again at 5 o’something).  I say our bed, to prevent further disruption to our son and baby daughters sleep, I currently sleep in our daughter’s room on a camp bed and Brody frequently sleeps with Super Daddy. Yes, I am aware that this is far from normal, however, it’s our normal and at the moment, it works for us. Doing what works for you is so important” - ‘Wide Awake Club’ – Laura, Family Fund Blogger

Tell us about sleep services in your area

Our partners are keeping us up to date with what they are doing or what they know of but if you know something we don’t, or if you are running any sleep support related events that are not listed, then please let us know by emailing us at tiredout@familyfund.org.uk and we will include them on the hub.