When a child has difficulty initiating or maintaining sleep, consequences may include problems with mood, attention and behavior. Such difficulties can result in academic decline, disciplinary action, missed school, social malfunction and/or family discord. In addition, parents may lose sleep when their child receives insufficient rest.
The Pediatric Insomnia Program at the University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children's Hospital provides care for infants, toddlers, school-aged children and adolescents with sleep difficulties. Specially trained clinicians work with infants and children who have behavioral insomnia, as well as adolescents with delayed sleep phase syndrome, inadequate sleep hygiene (e.g., late electronics use, excessive caffeine intake or late homework that delays bedtime) and/or insomnia.