Sleep Difficulties are a common problem in childhood. Problems may include insomnia, nightmares, fear of the dark, and reluctance to sleep alone. A good night’s sleep is often the cornerstone of healthy physical and psychological functioning for children.
Poor sleep habits are correlated with just about every psychological problem and are likely to cause symptoms that may include irritability, concentration difficulties, restlessness, and anxiety. Cognitive Behavior Therapy approaches work directly on children’s sleep difficulties by identifying and changing behaviors that contribute to poor sleep. Children can quickly learn thought strategies that help them reduce worries that may keep them awake at night. They may also benefit from relaxation training that teaches them to reduce physical stress that is correlated with poor sleep. Work is often done with parents to reduce unhelpful family patterns that may contribute to the problem.
Contact Behavior Therapy of New York to help your child improve his or her sleep.