196. Sleep Struggles in Kids:  Managing Insomnia

Sleep Struggles in Kids:  Managing Insomnia

How can primary care providers and pediatricians play a role in educating families and children about the importance of sleep and identifying sleep issues early on? 

Join Dr. Lia and her guest, Sleep expert, Dr. Jess Shatkin have the answers to that question and many more! This episode delves into various aspects of pediatric sleep health, from exploring pediatric sleep medications to offering practical tips on establishing solid sleep hygiene for kids.

Understanding the intricate relationship between children’s sleep disorders and their mental health is crucial for providing comprehensive care to children and adolescents. Dr. Jess’s insights into the effectiveness of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBTI) highlight effective treatment strategies that emphasize long-term well-being over quick fixes.

By incorporating sleep education, implementing evidence-based approaches like CBTI, and advocating for holistic health practices, we can pave the way for a brighter, more well-rested future for our youth. Join us in unraveling the mysteries of pediatric sleep problems and mental health, and discover the transformative power of a good night’s rest!

[03:13 -13:50]  Understanding Pediatric Insomnia and Its Prevalence

  • Insomnia is identified as the most common pediatric sleep problem.
  • Highlighted the essential nature of sleep for both kids and adults.
  • Emphasis on the importance of routine for improving sleep in children.
  • Discussion emphasizes the various factors impacting sleep quality and quantity.

[13:51 – 29:50] Pediatric Sleep Hygiene and Its Limitations  

  • Sleep hygiene is frequently discussed as an essential component of managing sleep problems.
  • The data supporting the effectiveness of sleep hygiene on its own is not promising.
  • Integrating sleep hygiene with CBTI can lead to better outcomes for children.
  • It’s crucial to combine different strategies to effectively manage pediatric sleep problems.

[29:51 – 38:21]  Finding a Therapist for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBTI)

  • It can be challenging to find professionals specializing in CBTI.
  • Resources for locating CBTI therapists may be limited.
  • Workshops on CBTI are conducted at annual conventions.
  • Preparing through sleep education is crucial for effective CBTI..

[38:22 – 58:42]  Addressing Sleep Problems in Children with Psychiatric Disorders

  • Children often present with sleep issues when treated for other conditions like ADHD or depression.
  • Sleep problems are common among these pediatric patients, even if not the primary reason for consultation.
  • Many children are already deeply entrenched in sleep medication routines before they receive specialized care.
  • CBTI techniques in treatment routines for children suffering from psychiatric disorders is suggested.

[58:43 – 1:08:20]  Closing segment Takeaways

Links to resources mentioned on the show

His website:Dr. Jess P. Shatkin – Home (drjesspshatkin.com)

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Key quotes for Twitter:

“With CBTI, they have just as many or just as fewer awakenings in the middle of the night with CBTI as they do with sleeping medications, including the Z drugs and benzodiazepines.”… Dr. Jess Shatkin on CBTI vs. sleeping medications: what’s more effective?

“Aerobic exercise is as good for anxiety and depression, at diagnosable mild and moderate levels as is anything else we can do with therapy or medicine” … Dr. Jess Shatkin on the mental health benefits of exercise

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