“Though my original medical practice was pulmonary medicine, about 20 years ago I transitioned to sleep medicine. Since 1999 my practice has been limited to the diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders. Though the majority of patients are referred to me for sleep apnea, the most common sleep disorder in the general population is insomnia.
It is estimated that approximately 10 percent of the general population have chronic insomnia and about 30 percent have experienced short-term insomnia. For many years, insomnia treatment has focused predominately on various sedating medications. Though these medications are frequently prescribed, over time they can lose effectiveness.
Even more problematic is these medications may produce long-term side effects such as memory and cognitive dysfunction. There is evidence also of an increased risk of falls during the night in some patient populations. These side effects become more problematic in older adults.”
Billy M. Eden, MD
Owner & Medical Director
“However, a form of treatment that is shown to be more effective than medication while having the added benefit of eliminating medication side effects is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I). CBT-I treats insomnia without medication and clinical studies have consistently demonstrated the superiority of CBT-I.
Additionally, within the past few years the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the American College of Physicians have recommended CBT-I therapy as the first line of treatment for chronic insomnia. Unfortunately, that mode of therapy is not generally available in clinical practice. In fact, it is difficult to find practitioners who are trained or skilled in CBT-I.
Therefore, I am expanding my services to offer this recommended treatment with counselors that are certified in CBT-I along with other forms of therapy to help with additional life issues that can often lead to insomnia.”