Insomnia Treatment

When Should I Seek Help?
If your sleep has been disturbed for more than a month and interferes with the way you feel or function during the day, see your healthcare professional or ask for a referral to a sleep disorders specialist.

Sometimes insomnia can be helped through education and information. Some people naturally sleep less than others and merely need to give up the idea that everyone needs eight hours of sleep. Counseling can help people whose insomnia stems from poor sleep habits. In other cases, medication or evaluation at a sleep disorders center may be advised.

If you are advised to get an evaluation at a sleep disorders center, you may be asked to keep a sleep diary showing sleeping and waking patterns for a week or two. If you attend a sleep center, you can expect a thorough physical and psychological examination.

Can Sleeping Pills Help?
Sleeping pills offer sounder sleep and can improve alertness the following day. Sleeping pills should be used in conjunction with behavioral intervention, i.e. sleep hygiene such as adequate sleep time and cognitive changes such as relaxation procedures and establishing that all "worry-time" be outside the bedroom.

Misuse or overuse of sleeping pills:
Sleeping pills can be helpful on a short-term basis, however long-term use should be approached carefully and on an individual basis or need.

Current Research Studies

Our center performs Research Studies and Clinical Trials to help determine the effective-ness of new drugs and treat-ments.
We are currently seeking participants for the following studies:

Adult Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Adult Narcolepsy

Pediatric Narcolepsy

For more information, check Clinical Trials and Disorders on main menu at top.

If you use CPAP . . .

Please be aware that CPAP equipment wears out. You should consider replacing your mask, headgear and hoses about every 6 months.


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