Insomnia in children

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The presentation of insomnia varies greatly across human development, from the referral process to evaluation and treatment. For example, adults with insomnia tend to present with difficulties initiating and/or maintaining sleep despite their best efforts to capture sleep. Young children, on the other hand, may actively resist sleep despite their parents' best efforts to coax them to sleep. The current article takes a developmental approach to describing the clinical presentations of insomnia across pediatric populations. Suggestions are provided to health professionals interested in conducting a thorough clinical evaluation of insomnia, then delivering evidence-based or emerging cognitive-behavioral and pharmacological interventions to infants, children and adolescents.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Sleep and Circadian Rhythms
Subtitle of host publicationVolume 1-6, Second Edition
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9780323910941
StatePublished - Jan 1 2023


  • Assessment
  • Bedtime
  • Behavior management
  • Behavioral insomnia of childhood
  • Behavioral treatment
  • Evaluation
  • Insomnia
  • Intervention
  • Night-waking
  • Pediatric
  • Sleep
  • Treatment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)


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