Sleep is vital to mood, behavior, learning, and healthy development. Unfortunately sleep problems are common throughout development, and significant sleep difficulties in early childhood are predictive of sleep problems later in life. Insomnia and poor sleep quality are associated with depression, accidents, and poor quality of life. Moreover, sleep problems in children can negatively affect family life and parents' functioning. We offer specialized assessment and brief behavioral treatment for toddlers through young adults.
Our clinical service focuses on the evaluation and treatment of toddlers, children, adolescents, and young adults who present with sleep related problems.
Conditions we evaluate vary by age and include:
- Bedtime resistance and nighttime awakenings in infants, toddlers, and preschoolers
- Nighttime fears including fear of the dark and nightmares in preschoolers and school-aged children
- Sleep terrors, sleepwalking, bedwetting in preschool and school-aged children
- Insomnia and difficulties waking up at expected times in adolescents and young adults
- Narcolepsy, excessive daytime sleepiness and fatigue in children, adolescents, and young adults
- Snoring and sleep disordered breathing including obstructive sleep apnea, which can occur in childhood and adolescence
- Restless leg syndrome in children and adolescents
Evaluation and ConsultationFollowing a focused evaluation of sleep concerns, sleep schedule, daytime behavior, and medical history, our clinicians will provide an individually tailored treatment plan based on the presenting problem.
Components of treatment vary based on the problem and can include:
- Education about presenting problem
- Referral for sleep study in cases of suspected apnea, hypersomnia, or narcolepsy
- Sleep schedule recommendations
- Sleep hygiene recommendations
- Behavioral and cognitive interventions including CBT-I
- Melatonin or medications, light therapy