bedtime fading

bedtime fading

A behavioral treatment for childhood insomnia, in which the sleep-resistant child is allowed to go to sleep late for a few nights and then gradually guided to sleep at earlier and earlier hours until the desired time of sleep is reached. The treatment limits conflicts with the child over bedtime and creates a more rapid onset of sleep because the late hour at which the child is initially put to rest means he or she will go to bed tired.
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Effects of bedtime fading and antipsychotic medication (pipamperon) in a 6-year-old boy, and melatonin in an 8-year-old girl were assessed on sleep latency.
Keywords: Sleep problems, epilepsy, developmental disabilities, bedtime fading, melatonin, anti-psychotic medication.
Treatment of sleep problems includes various behavioral methods, such as stimulus control and sleep hygiene, extinction, sleep restriction, bedtime fading and chronotherapy.
Treatment consisted of bedtime fading combined with antipsychotic medication for one child (Ken) and melatonin for the other child (Ellis).
Ken's highly disruptive bedtime behavior and mother being a single parent considered, bedtime fading was more suitable for treatment than an extinction procedure.