Do Better Nights Mean Better Days? An Examination of a Behavioural Sleep Treatment Program on Health-Related Quality of Life on School-Aged Children

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Woodford, Kimberley
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The present study was designed to determine if successful treatment of sleep problems results in improved health-related quality of life (HRQL) for school-aged children both with and without Disruptive Behaviour Disorders. The main hypothesis was that improved sleep would result in improved HRQL (physical, social, and emotional/behavioural health, as well as family well-being). The current study analyzed data collected from a larger sleep study, Better Nights, Better Days: Treatment for Sleep Difficulties, a module of the Family Help Program at the IWK Health Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The current study demonstrated that the behaviourally-based sleep intervention of the larger study improved the overall sleep of its child participants, which in turn improved the HRQL. These results indicate that HRQL improves in children whose sleep problems were reduced after completion of a behavioural treatment delivered via distance. This was particularly the case in the psychosocial health domain, which is comprised of scores on subscales from the CHQ-PF50 and measures children's functional health and well-being. Results of the current study are in keeping with the extant body of literature which indicates that treatment of sleep difficulties can lead to improved health across multiple domains of a child's life.
Halifax , Nova Scotia , Sleep disorders , Treatment , Health and hygiene , Evaluation , Children