Insomnia and Behavioral Sleep Medicine


    frequently asked questions
about the Insomnia and Behavioral Sleep Medicine Program.

The insomnia program is designed to help people of all ages who are troubled by difficulty falling asleep, difficulty staying asleep (frequent or prolonged awakenings) and / or difficulty waking up at a desired time. Guided by scientific research knowledge about sleep and insomnia, the treatments focus on changing thoughts and behaviors that interfere with good quality sleep. This skill-based approach consists of multiple treatment components that are often referred to collectively as cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-I). You can read more about CBT-I here.

The experience of insomnia is unique to each person and is impacted by many factors including life circumstances, coping styles, and biological predispositions.  The Stanford Insomnia Program addresses the special needs of each insomnia patient.  The treatment components are carefully chosen and woven together to address each patient’s unique experience and treatment goals.  The selection of components is guided by current scientific knowledge about the regulation of sleep and wake processes, such as the sleep drive and the biological clock that regulates sleep and wakefulness. Treatment focuses on identifying and modifying factors that can hinder these processes and cause insomnia.

The treatment components include:

Treatments are provided in group or individual formats.


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