The online Better Nights, Better Days study is recruiting Canadian families to teach behavioral strategies that increase the chances of better sleep for children, reports CBC News.

Penny Corkum, a psychologist and professor of clinical psychology at Dalhousie University in Halifax, is the principal investigator for the study. She says the free course will help some families sleep better, and their feedback will help Corkum’s team improve the program.

Hoping to sign up 500 families

“We’re trying to recruit 500 families across Canada to help us evaluate this online intervention,” she told CBC Nova Scotia’s Information Morning on Tuesday. “About 85 per cent of children will respond to these interventions.”

Corkum says pediatric insomnia means kids have difficulty falling and staying asleep.

“For a long time we’ve known what helps children with insomnia — which is about 30 per cent of the population — but we haven’t been able to deliver that intervention because parents can’t always go to doctors and access that information,” she says.

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