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Insomnia and Behavioral Sleep Medicine Program

What is behavioral sleep medicine?

Behavioral sleep medicine is also referred to as sleep psychology. Behavioral sleep medicine specialists treat insomnia and related sleep disorders using proven, non-pharmacologic (non-prescription medication) approaches. We help you develop tools and skills to get a better night's sleep.

Allina Health's team of behavioral sleep medicine specialists are conveniently located at six Allina Health clinics and United Lung and Sleep Center.

Consider consulting with a behavioral sleep medicine specialist if:

  • You or your child has difficulty falling or staying asleep.
  • You would like to be able to sleep well without prescription or over-the-counter sleeping pills.
  • You have trouble establishing or maintaining good sleep habits.
  • Shift work or travel is affecting your sleep quality.
  • You or your teen can't fall asleep at night and has trouble waking up in the morning.
  • You are troubled by nightmares.
  • You have sleep apnea and are anxious about using a CPAP mask

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I)

The National Institute of Health, in its June 2005 State-of-the-Science Conference Statement, indicated behavioral treatment of primary insomnia has been shown to be equally as effective as prescription medications and has better long-term benefits.

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I) is much more than changing a few sleep hygiene habits. CBT-I involves working with a health care provider trained in the behavioral treatment of insomnia, usually over the course of four to six visits, to change habits, behavior and thinking that influence biological factors affecting your sleep.

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Source: Behavioral Sleep Medicine Services
Reviewed By: Dr. Michael Schmitz, PsyD, LP, CBSM and Andrew Stiehm, MD, Allina Health
First Published: 04/07/2014
Last Reviewed: 03/22/2016