Lori Neeleman, PhD, the LDS Hospital Sleep Psychologist, sat down at GTU on Monday to help our viewers understand the underlying problems behind their insomnia.
Most people know the basic principals to get a good nights sleep: Don’t watch TV, put your smart phone away, limit other distractions, try to go to sleep at the same time every night...but what if your insomnia just won’t go away?
It’s estimated that one in 10 people suffer from chronic insomnia. A new treatment option, using a specially trained sleep psychologist to treat insomnia and other sleep disorders is available at LDS Hospital.
The therapy is called Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia.
Here’s how it works: A patient having chronic sleep disturbances will first meet with one of LDS Hospital’s physicians specializing in sleep medicine. The patient is evaluated to make sure there is no physical issues like sleep apnea that are causing the sleep problem. Once it’s determined insomnia is largely behavioral based, patients will then meet with sleep psychologist, Lori Neeleman.
“First we’ll do an evaluation regarding insomnia,” says Neeleman. Sometimes it’s related to depression and anxiety and that will be discussed.
Next, she talks about behavior and appropriate bedroom activities. “One of the specific pieces of cognitive behavior therapy for insomnia tries to have patients build a specific relationship with bedroom and sleep. It should really only be used for two things: sleep and sex,” says Lori.
Lori says treatment for insomnia usually lasts about three to six visits and most people see a lot of success.
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