BEARS Sleep Questionnaire

BEARS is a user-friendly screening tool to help identify sleep problems in children. Ask yourself these questions.

B – Bedtime

  • Does my child have trouble going to bed? Or trouble falling asleep?

E – Excessive daytime sleepiness

  • Is my child difficult to awaken in the morning?
  • Does my child seem sleepy or groggy during the day?
  • Does my child often seem tired during the day? (In children, tired may mean moody, hyperactive, “out-of-it”, as well as sleepy.)

A – Awakening during the night

  • Does my child awaken during the night and have trouble going back to sleep?
  • Is anything else interrupting my child’s sleep?

R – Regularity and duration of sleep

S – Snoring

  • Does my child snore? Loudly? Every Night?
  • Does my child stop breathing, gasp, or choke during sleep?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, your child may have a sleep problem that should be discussed with your provider or pediatric sleep specialist.

Source: “A Clinical Guide to Pediatric Sleep: Diagnosis and Management of Sleep Problems” by Jodi A. Mindell and Judith A. Owens; Lippincott Williams & Wilkins