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What's really going on when a child is 'overtired' – and how to help them go to sleep

By Helen L. Ball, Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Durham Inancy & Sleep Centre (DISC), Durham University
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Anyone who’s cared for a young child will recognise the signs. They’ve had too little sleep or missed a nap, they’re cranky, tearful, and stroppy, and they can’t or won’t fall sleep. They are “overtired”. But is such a thing really possible – to be more tired than tired?

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