Development of a Behavioral Sleep Intervention as a Novel Approach for Pediatric Obesity in School-aged Children

Sleep Med Clin. 2016 Dec;11(4):515-523. doi: 10.1016/j.jsmc.2016.08.002. Epub 2016 Oct 27.


Despite being the focus of widespread public health efforts, childhood obesity remains an epidemic worldwide. Given the now well-documented consequences of obesity for childhood health and psychosocial functioning, as well as associated morbidity in adulthood, identifying novel, modifiable behaviors that can be targeted to improve weight control is imperative. Enhancing children's sleep may show promise in assisting with weight regulation. The present paper describes the development of a brief behavioral sleep intervention for school-aged children, including preliminary findings of this work as well as areas for future study.

Keywords: Behavioral intervention; Obesity; Pediatrics; Sleep.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Behavior Therapy / methods*
  • Child
  • Humans
  • Pediatric Obesity / prevention & control*
  • Sleep / physiology*