Brief Behavioral Sleep Intervention for Adolescents: An Effectiveness Study

Published on Jul 3, 2016in Behavioral Sleep Medicine3.171
· DOI :10.1080/15402002.2015.1007993
E. Juulia Paavonen20
Estimated H-index: 20
(National Institute for Health and Welfare),
Taina Huurre17
Estimated H-index: 17
(National Institute for Health and Welfare)
+ 2 AuthorsTimo Partonen54
Estimated H-index: 54
(National Institute for Health and Welfare)
Sleep disturbances are common among adolescents, but there are no brief interventions to treat them. The objective of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of a brief semistructured, individually delivered sleep intervention to ameliorate adolescents' sleeping difficulties and lengthen sleep duration. All students aged 16–18 years in a high school were screened for sleeping difficulties and 36 students with the highest sleep problem scores were invited to the intervention. Postintervention improvements were observed on self-reported and actiwatch-registered sleep duration, self-reported sleep quality and sleep latency, perceived stress and anxiety (all p values 0.05). A brief individual sleep intervention can be effective in lengthening sleep duration and improving subjective sleep quality and well-being among adolescents.
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