We are currently recruiting for the Better Nights, Better Days for Children with Epilepsy study!
Please read below for information about the program and how to enroll.
Leading clinical researchers at Dalhousie University and the University of Toronto worked together to modify the original Better Nights, Better Days program to be appropriate for children with epilepsy. While we know the original program is effective in improving sleep in children without epilepsy, the current study is determining if the revised program is usable and effective to improve sleep in children ages 4 to 10 with epilepsy.
Interested in taking part? Please click this link if you are interested in participating!
The program: Modifications have been made to the original Better Nights, Better Days program to support families of children aged 4-10 with epilepsy. Information has been integrated to help improve parents’ sleep as well as their child’s. All eligible participants will receive access to the program.
The BNBD-Epilepsy contains 6 sessions.
Epilepsy Pre-Session: Gain an understanding of the relationship between epilepsy and insomnia, and anti-epileptic medications and sleep.
Session 1: An introduction to the program and information about how sleep works and how sleep problems develop.
Session 2: Learn about healthy sleep practices and routines, and how doing things differently during the day and at night can help your child sleep better.
Session 3: Focus on problems settling to sleep independently at naptime and at bedtime.
Session 4: Focus on using tools to help with night-wakings and what to do if your child wakes too early in the morning.
Session 5: Review your goals and progress you’ve made during the program and develop a plan for the future.
What the program includes:
Sleep Diaries: Fill out a daily online sleep diary to track your results and see patterns in your child’s sleep and behaviour as you complete the sessions.
Weekly Activities and Reviews: Complete activities that will help you make positive changes to improve your child’s sleep. For instance, learn how to create sleep routines, a healthy sleep environment, and practice techniques to reduce stress.
Tracking Your Progress: Throughout the program, you'll receive feedback on the positive changes that you're making to your child's sleep