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date: 22 September 2019

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Behavioral sleep medicine (BSM) is defined by the Society of Behavioral Sleep Medicine (SBSM) as “the field of clinical practice and scientific inquiry that encompasses the study of behavioral, psychological, and physiological factors underlying normal and disordered sleep across the lifespan; and, the development and application of evidence-based behavioral and psychological approaches to the prevention and treatment of sleep disorders and co-existing conditions.” BSM plays an integral role in the assessment and treatment of a variety of sleep disorders and patient populations. Thus, training of BSM practitioners has become an increasingly important focus for the field of BSM. Formal training is best accomplished through accredited BSM training programs. In lieu of participating in an accredited BSM training program, two tracks have been established to allow qualified individuals to take the BSM credentialing examination. BSM practitioners have an important role in comprehensive sleep disorders centers, particularly in pediatric populations, and play a critical role in the diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders. This chapter will provide an overview of BSM, information on BSM training and credentialing, and the role of BSM in sleep laboratories.

Keywords: behavioral sleep medicine, training, credentialing

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