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Behavioral Treatments for Sleep Disorders

A Comprehensive Primer of Behavioral Sleep Medicine Interventions

Sleep is a major component of good mental and physical health, yet over 40 million Americans suffer from sleep disorders. Edited by three prominent clinical experts, this volume is the first reference to cover all of the most common disorders (insomnia, sleep apnea, restless legs syndrome, narcolepsy, parasomnias, etc) and the applicable therapeutic techniques. The volume adopts a highly streamlined and practical approach to make the tools of the trade from behavioral sleep medicine accessible to mainstream psychologists as well as sleep disorder specialists. Organized by therapeutic technique, each chapter discusses the various sleep disorders to which the therapy is relevant, an overall rationale for the intervention, step-by-step instructions for how to implement the technique, possible modifications, the supporting evidence base, and further recommended readings. Treatments for both the adult and child patient populations are covered, and each chapter is authored by an expert in the field. 

An extra chapter ("The use of bright light in the treatment of insomnia," by Drs. Leon Lack and Helen Wright.) which is not listed in the table of contents is available for free download at:


Clinical psychologists, psychiatrists and sleep medicine practitioners, as well as graduate students in clinical psychology and psychiatry programs, social workers and nurse practitioners

Hardbound, 404 Pages

Published: October 2010

Imprint: Academic Press

ISBN: 978-0-12-381522-4


  • Contributors



    Part I. BSM Treatment Protocols for Insomia

    Chapter 1. Sleep Restriction Therapy

    Chapter 2. Stimulus Control Therapy

    Chapter 3. Sleep Hygiene

    Chapter 4. Relaxation for Insomnia

    Chapter 5. Sleep Compression

    Chapter 6. Paradoxical Intention Therapy

    Chapter 7. Behavioral Experiments

    Chapter 8. Intervention to Reduce Unhelpful Beliefs about Sleep

    Chapter 9. Intervention to Reduce Misperception

    Chapter 10. Intervention to Reduce Use of Safety Behaviors

    Chapter 11. Cognitive Therapy for Dysfunctional Beliefs about Sleep and Insomnia

    Chapter 12. Cognitive Restructuring: Cognitive Therapy for Catastrophic Sleep Beliefs

    Chapter 13. Intensive Sleep Retraining: Conditioning Treatment for Primary Insomnia

    Chapter 14. Mindfulness-Based Therapy for Insomnia

    Chapter 15. Brief Behavioral Treatment of Insomnia

    Chapter 16. Using Bright Light and Melatonin to Reduce Jet Lag

    Chapter 17. Using Bright Light and Melatonin to Adjust to Night Work

    Part II. BSM Protocols for Adherence and Treatment of Intrinsic Sleep Disorders

    Chapter 18. Motivational Enhancement Therapy

    Chapter 19. Exposure Therapy for Claustrophobic Reactions to Continuous Positive Airway Pressure

    Chapter 20. Sleep Apnea Self-Management Program

    Chapter 21. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to Increase Adherence to Continuous Positive Airway

    Chapter 22. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to Increase Adherence to Continuous Positive Airway

    Chapter 23. The Avoidance of the Supine Posture during Sleep for Patients with Supine-related Sleep Apnea

    Chapter 24. Scheduled Sleep Periods as an Adjuvant Treatment for Narcolepsy

    Part III. BSM Protocols for Pediatric Sleep Disorders

    Chapter 25. Brief Parent Consultation to Prevent Infant/Toddler Sleep Disturbance

    Chapter 26. Unmodified Extinction for Childhood Sleep Disturbance

    Chapter 27. Graduated Extinction: Behavioral Treatment for Bedtime Problems and Night Wakings in Young Children

    Chapter 28. Extinction with Parental Presence

    Chapter 29. Bedtime Fading with Response Cost for Children with Multiple Sleep Problems

    Chapter 30. The Bedtime Pass

    Chapter 31. The Excuse-Me Drill: A Behavioral protocol to Promote Independent Sleep Initiation Skills and Reduce Bedtime Problems in Young Children

    Chapter 32. Day Correction of Pediatric Bedtime Problems

    Chapter 33. Graduated Exposure Games to Reduce Children’s Fear of the Dark

    Chapter 34. Scheduled Awakenings: A Behavioral Protocol for Treating Sleepwalking and Sleep Terrors in Children

    Chapter 35. Imagery Rehearsal Therapy for Adolescents

    Chapter 36. Moisture Alarm Therapy for Primary Nocturnal Enuresis

    Chapter 37. Promoting Positive Airway Pressure Adherence in Children Using Escape Extinction within a Multi-Component Behavior Therapy Approach

    Chapter 38. Using Motivational Interviewing to Facilitate Healthier Sleep-Related Behaviors in Adolescents



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