Behavioral Sleep Medicine Clinic
This multidisciplinary clinic focuses on the treatment of patients with any of several different causes of chronic insomnia. The treatment emphasizes cognitive behavioral therapy as opposed to long-term use of medications. Patients are often seen initially by a medical sleep medicine specialist and by a psychologist who specializes in insomnia and other sleep problems that can be treated by behavioral approaches. Subsequent visits may involve the physician, the psychologist, or both depending on the patient’s needs. A cognitive behavioral therapy program to treat insomnia usually involves six to ten clinic visits, either privately or in a group setting. The large majority of patients who have chronic insomnia can be treated successfully.