Sleep impacts and is impacted by all aspects of our lives. If you are reading this page, chances are that you know the importance of sleep, but are struggling to get enough. You are not alone.
Studies show that 30-40% of adults report insomnia symptoms and more people than ever are seeking sleep medications. Millions of adults in the US are dealing with daytime sleepiness and negative health consequences from not using their PAP (Positive Airway Pressure) devices prescribed for sleep apnea. Countless others experience disrupted sleep and anxiety related to nightmares while others struggle with the timing of their sleep due to shift work or a delayed sleep phase. Individuals all over the world are trying to juggle demands related to family, caregiving, and work while feeling exhausted and dreading another nightly struggle.
The field of Behavioral Sleep Medicine (BSM) is a subspeciality that relies on empirically supported treatments to address behavioral, psychological, and physiological factors impacting sleep. The majority of nonpharmacological treatments for sleep problems fall under the umbrella of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Behavioral interventions focus on reducing sleep-disruptive habits and forming positive associations while cognitive approaches address thoughts and beliefs that can interfere with sleep. We often incorporate mindfulness and values-based action to shift the way you relate to sleep and help reduce sleep effort so that you can live a full and meaningful life. Most treatments are time-limited (anywhere from three to 12 sessions depending on presenting issues and comorbidity). Daily sleep diaries are often used for assessment and to track progress. Please note that before beginning treatment, we conduct a comprehensive intake so that we are able to tailor treatment to meet individual needs. We can also collaborate with your medical providers when needed.