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13 weird ways parents get children to sleep

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Image copyright Getty Images Image caption New year and knackered? Please, please go to sleep …

Exhausted after Christmas and the new year? Are you craving a few more hours in bed? Are you a parent whose sleepless children are leaving you a sleep-starved wreck?

These days in early January are claimed as the darkest days for sleep deprivation.

The modern barometer for such moments – the number of Google searches – depicts “child won’t sleep” as reaching a worldwide peak of searches at this time of year.

You can just imagine those weary fingers tapping out the words, slumped over a mobile phone in the middle of the night, hoping for an answer.

New year zombies

Children are more wired than Maplin’s shop window. They’ve been living on late nights, red-eyed computer games and party food and the chances of falling asleep are pretty much zero.

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