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J Behav Ther Exp Psychiatry. 1991 Mar;22(1):53-6.

Bedtime fading in the treatment of pediatric insomnia.

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Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD.


In this paper, the sleep-wake cycles of two children with severe sleep problems were regulated by delaying bedtimes, thus increasing the probability of short latency to sleep onset. A fading procedure was then utilized to advance the bedtimes and gradually increase duration of sleep. Several treatments had previously been attempted with both of these patients without success. The advantages of this treatment over other interventions for pediatric sleep disorders are discussed.

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