Sleep is food for the brain—especially for teens. Based on the most current sleep science and evidence-based cognitive and behavioral interventions to improve sleep, The Insomnia Workbook for Teens helps teens change their sleep habits so that they can feel more alert and ready to face life’s challenges.
If you’re like many other teens, you probably aren’t getting enough sleep. And is it any wonder? Between early school start times, social media, electronic devices, extracurricular activities, and late-night homework—teens are at the highest risk of any age group for sleep deprivation. And in the long run, insomnia can lead to a host of health and mental health issues—including diabetes and depression. So, how can you cultivate a healthy sleep routine, so you can be your best?
The Insomnia Workbook for Teens offers proven-effective tips and strategies to help you get to sleep and stay asleep. You’ll learn about the different reasons you may experience insomnia, target your own “sleep disrupters” like caffeine and sugar, and discover skills for managing these disrupters so you can stop feeling drowsy and grumpy every day.
It’s hard being a teen in today’s fast-paced world. And it’s even harder to reach your goals when you’re feeling tired and run-down. Based on up-to-the-minute science, this workbook will give you real solutions for overcoming insomnia and getting those much-needed zzzs.
“This book addresses many of the complaints and issues that I hear every day when I talk to teens and parents in the office. The stories are familiar, and the solutions are logical, effective, and practical. I recommend it enthusiastically to any teen who wants to improve their sleep habits.”
—Nelson Branco, MD, FAAP, pediatrician with over twenty years’ experience who practices at Tamalpais Pediatrics in Marin County, CA; and associate clinical professor in the department of pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco
“Finally, an evidence-based, easy-to-read, and sure-to-work guide for teens with sleep problems. What took so long! I will be using this sleep science workbook with all the teens who come to me seeking solutions to the age-old problem of insomnia. Tompkins and Thompson are incredibly thorough, addressing the many micro parts that in combination will help set up teens for healthy sleep and wellness. They have designed playful yet informative assessments for teens to better understand their personalized needs, as well as to examine the impact of their values, attitudes, thoughts, and actions on sleep. Not only do the authors present effective ideas and plans to implement at night, but do so for the daytime as well, since as they the experts know, how well we sleep has a lot to do with how we spend our days. This workbook is a much-needed addition to our youth literature, supporting youth in one of their most important daily tasks—getting their Zzzs!”
—Katherine Martinez, PsyD, RPsych, psychologist in practice at the Vancouver CBT Centre in Vancouver, BC, Canada, and coauthor of Your Anxious Mind
“Tompkins and Thompson have produced a concise, well-organized, and useful tool that should be on the bookshelf—or better yet in the hands—of any clinician working with teens. Asking about sleep and providing useful interventions to promote adequate sleep are among the most useful interventions clinicians can make for a large majority of teens in the US. For teens who recognize the problem and want to solve it, this workbook offers straight talk and practical solutions.”
—Glen R. Elliot, PhD, MD, chief psychiatrist and medical director at the Children’s Health Council; clinical professor emeritus of child and adolescent psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco; clinical professor (Affiliated) of child and adolescent psychiatry at Stanford School of Medicine
“Sleep problems are among the most common complaints that plague adolescents in their passage through high school. Although they will admit to sleep issues, they seem unwilling to accept guidance regarding remedies. The Insomnia Workbook for Teens will provide an invaluable resource for both health care professionals and parents. If the individual has the motivation to want to improve the problem, the workbook provides the means for the teen to fix themselves. In a very logical and readable approach, Tompkins and Thompson guide the sleep-deprived adolescent though exercises, sprinkled with case histories, that will allow the teen to achieve a self-paced solution.”
—Richard L. Oken, MD, FAAP, pediatrician for over forty years at East Bay Pediatric Medical Group, and clinical professor in the department of pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco
“Sleep problems in young patients are on the rise and contribute to many other emotional as well as behavioral difficulties. Good self-help tools are desperately needed by patients and clinicians alike. Tompkins and Thompson masterfully fill this need with this outstanding, valuable resource. Written in a clear, developmentally accessible, and engaging manner, the workbook offers pertinent information and actionable exercises for improving sleep practices. I enthusiastically recommend the workbook and encourage its widespread use!”
—Robert D. Friedberg, PhD, ABPP, professor, head of child emphasis area, Palo Alto University
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