Behavioral Treatments for Sleep Disorders

Behavioral Treatments for Sleep Disorders

A Comprehensive Primer of Behavioral Sleep Medicine Interventions

1st Edition - October 20, 2010

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  • Editors: Michael Perlis, Mark Aloia, Brett Kuhn
  • eBook ISBN: 9780123815231
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323164290

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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, Behavioral Treatments for Sleep Disorders 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.

Key Features

  • Offers more coverage than any volume on the market, with discussion of virtually all sleep disorders and numerous treatment types
  • Addresses treatment concerns for both adult and pediatric population
  • Outstanding scholarship, with each chapter written by an expert in the topic area
  • Each chapter offers step-by-step description of procedures and covers the evidence-based data behind those procedures


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

Table of Contents

  • Part I. BSM Treatment Protocols for Insomia
    1. Sleep Restriction Therapy
    2. Stimulus Control Therapy
    3. Sleep Hygiene
    4. Relaxation for Insomnia
    5. Sleep Compression
    6. Paradoxical Intention Therapy
    7. Behavioral Experiments
    8. Intervention to Reduce Unhelpful Beliefs about Sleep
    9. Intervention to Reduce Misperception
    10. Intervention to Reduce Use of Safety Behaviors
    11. Cognitive Therapy for Dysfunctional Beliefs about Sleep and Insomnia
    12. Cognitive Restructuring: Cognitive Therapy for Catastrophic Sleep Beliefs
    13. Intensive Sleep Retraining: Conditioning Treatment for Primary Insomnia
    14. Mindfulness-Based Therapy for Insomnia
    15. Brief Behavioral Treatment of Insomnia
    16. Using Bright Light and Melatonin to Reduce Jet Lag
    17. Using Bright Light and Melatonin to Adjust to Night Work

    Part II. BSM Protocols for Adherence and Treatment of Intrinsic Sleep Disorders
    18. Motivational Enhancement Therapy
    19. Exposure Therapy for Claustrophobic Reactions to Continuous Positive Airway Pressure
    20. Sleep Apnea Self-Management Program
    21. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to Increase Adherence to Continuous Positive Airway
    22. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to Increase Adherence to Continuous Positive Airway
    23. The Avoidance of the Supine Posture during Sleep for Patients with Supine-related Sleep Apnea
    24. Scheduled Sleep Periods as an Adjuvant Treatment for Narcolepsy

    Part III. BSM Protocols for Pediatric Sleep Disorders
    25. Brief Parent Consultation to Prevent Infant/Toddler Sleep Disturbance
    26. Unmodified Extinction for Childhood Sleep Disturbance
    27. Graduated Extinction: Behavioral Treatment for Bedtime Problems and Night Wakings in Young Children
    28. Extinction with Parental Presence
    29. Bedtime Fading with Response Cost for Children with Multiple Sleep Problems
    30. The Bedtime Pass
    31. The Excuse-Me Drill: A Behavioral protocol to Promote Independent Sleep Initiation Skills and Reduce Bedtime Problems in Young Children
    32. Day Correction of Pediatric Bedtime Problems
    33. Graduated Exposure Games to Reduce Children’s Fear of the Dark
    34. Scheduled Awakenings: A Behavioral Protocol for Treating Sleepwalking and Sleep Terrors in Children
    35. Imagery Rehearsal Therapy for Adolescents
    36. Moisture Alarm Therapy for Primary Nocturnal Enuresis
    37. Promoting Positive Airway Pressure Adherence in Children Using Escape Extinction within a Multi-Component Behavior Therapy Approach
    38. Using Motivational Interviewing to Facilitate Healthier Sleep-Related Behaviors in Adolescents

Product details

  • No. of pages: 404
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2010
  • Published: October 20, 2010
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780123815231
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323164290

About the Editors

Michael Perlis

Affiliations and Expertise

Michael L. Perlis, PhD, Behavioral Sleep Medicine Program, Department of Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvannia, Philadelphia, USA

Mark Aloia

Brett Kuhn

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