Pediatric Behavioral Sleep Services

child sleep requirements

Sleep disorders are common in children and can impact all aspects of a child's functioning. Some disorders are a result of the interactions between behavior, environment, and psychosocial issues.

Sleep problems may result in daytime sleepiness, behavior problems (e.g., hyperactivity, inattention), or irritability. It is important for children to get an adequate amount of sleep that is not disrupted.

Clinic evaluations at National Jewish Health are provided by Lisa J. Meltzer, PhD, CBSM, the state's only clinical psychologist certified in behavioral sleep medicine, who dedicates her entire practice to children and adolescents.

Patients are evaluated for behavioral sleep disorders as well as symptoms of other physiological sleep disorders (e.g. obstructive sleep apnea). Recommendations are tailored to address the specific sleep problems for each patient. Behavioral treatments for sleep problems are typically short-term.

With consistency and adherence to treatment recommendations, most childhood behavioral sleep problems can be resolved quickly through outpatient care and without medication.


Behavioral Sleep Conditions We Treat

  • Adolescent sleep problems (e.g. delayed sleep phase)
  • Bedtime fears
  • Bedtime resistance/refusal
  • Difficulty falling asleep (e.g. taking a long time to fall asleep or can't fall asleep alone)
  • Insufficient sleep
  • Night wakings (frequent and/or prolonged)
  • Poor sleep habits
  • Sleep related head banging, body rocking, or body rolling
  • Sleep schedule issues
  • Sleep terrors
  • Sleep walking
  • Undesired co-sleeping or bed-sharing
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