Behavioral Sleep Services (Pediatric)

Sleep problems are common in children and can impact all aspects of a child's functioning, including mood, behavior, and learning. Thus it is important for children to get enough sleep every night, and to make sure that it is quality sleep (i.e., not disrupted).

Sleep problems can include difficulties falling asleep, staying asleep, or waking too early in the morning; as well as difficulties waking up in the morning and/or falling asleep in school.

Clinic evaluations at National Jewish Health for children 6 months through college age are provided by Lisa J. Meltzer, PhD, CBSM, the state's only clinical psychologist certified in behavioral sleep medicine who dedicates her entire practice to children and adolescents.

View pediatric sleep requirements for kidsPatients in the Pediatric Behavioral Sleep Clinic are evaluated for all sleep disorders, including sleep apnea, narcolepsy, restless sleep, as well as difficulties falling asleep or staying asleep. Recommendations are tailored to address the specific sleep problems for each patient.

Behavioral treatments for sleep problems are typically short-term, requiring no more than one or two follow-up visits.

With consistency and adherence to treatment recommendations, most behavioral sleep problems in children and adolescents can be resolved quickly through outpatient care and without medication.


Behavioral Sleep Conditions We Treat

  • Bedtime fears
  • Bedtime resistance/refusal
  • Difficulty falling asleep (e.g. taking a long time to fall asleep or can't fall asleep alone)
  • Difficulty waking in the morning
  • Insufficient sleep
  • Night wakings (frequent and/or prolonged)
  • Poor sleep habits
  • Restless sleep
  • Sleep related head banging, body rocking, or body rolling
  • Sleep schedule issues
  • Sleep terrors
  • Sleep walking



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Reasons to Choose National Jewish Health

  • The leading respiratory hospital in the nation and the only one devoted fully to the treatment of respiratory and related illnesses

  • Ranked #1 or #2 in Pulmonology by U.S. News & World Report for 25 consecutive years

  • Ranked in the top 5% of hospitals in the nation by HCAHPS

  • Physicians consistently recognized among the best in the nation by multiple services, including Best Doctors in America and Castle Connolly

  • Among the top 6% of organizations funded for research by the NIH, providing patients access to hundreds of active clinical trials

  • 123-year history of focus on care, research and education serving patients from around the world with lung, heart, immune and related disorders

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Natalie Sublet suffered smoke inhalation that injured her lungs during a house fire in 2016. The specialized care available at National Jewish Health for chronically ill children allows the first-grader to attend school with peers, rather than being taught at home by a tutor. Her mother, Angie, is grateful to the school for providing Natalie a quality education and a sense of normalcy. 

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