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Insomnia Program

What are the health risks of insomnia?

Lack of sleep can be a risk factor for both medical and psychiatric illnesses including:

  • Congestive heart failure
  • Hypertension
  • Diabetes
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Substance abuse
  • Problems with concentration and memory

In addition, insomnia is also associated with increased risk for motor vehicle accidents and higher worker absenteeism.

How is Insomnia treated?

Alcohol and over-the-counter sleep aids make up the group of most frequently used sleep treatments, yet there is little evidence supporting their effectiveness. In fact, most sleep experts agree that while alcohol can aid with falling asleep at times, it results in more awakenings during the night and overall poorer quality of sleep.

In contrast, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I) is an effective, safe, short-term medicine-free insomnia treatment. CBT-I originated out of efforts to develop behavioral insomnia treatment (e.g. sleep hygiene, relaxation training) and in its present form, is as effective as prescription sleep medications, without the same risks for side effects or addiction.

To schedule an appointment with the MSI Insomnia Program Sleep Psychologist, please call 952-567-7400.