Question: What makes your treatment for insomnia in adults unique?
Answer: This treatment provides a cure for insomnia in just 4 – 8 weeks that then lasts a lifetime. Also, unlike what you might read in a book that only emphasizes one treatment method or consists of a program that is the same for everyone, the treatment we provide is carefully individualized for each client based on their unique problems and needs. Even people who have read the books and tried other approaches to no avail have found success with Northern Colorado Sleep Consultants.
Question: What are the risks involved?
Answer: Other than some increase in daytime sleepiness for a brief period of time, which is rare, there are no known risks to you or your health, only benefits.
Question: How does it work?
Answer: Most insomnia is caused by behavioral factors such as disruptive thoughts, attitudes, and emotions that a person has acquired about their sleep coupled with bad sleep habits. Many times people are not aware of these and how they are affecting their sleep. Even if they are aware of the source of some of what is contributing to their sleeping problem, they usually do not know how to make changes. And it is not always easy to make the necessary corrections by oneself. Our Behavioral Sleep Specialists will individually guide and coach you in the elements of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I) or Guided Meditation with Acceptance Treatment for Insomnia (GMATI) that help you make changes at the source of your sleep problem. This will enable you to get the sleep you want and need. This is a cure for insomnia that lasts a lifetime.
When the major cause of insomnia is anxiety about sleeping, an alternative treatment called GMATI (guided Mindfulness with Acceptance Treatment for Insomnia) is more effective. Rather than directly trying to change sleep, GMATI enables a person to be more relaxed and accepting about their sleep which then indirectly improves their sleep.
Question: What is the evidence that this treatment works?
Answer: There have been a number of studies in the last decade published in top medical journals that have evaluated the effectiveness of this type of treatment that our Behavioral Sleep Specialists can provide you for your insomnia. Overall, these reports show most people’s sleep improving to the point where they are satisfied with their sleep. After a review of these published research reports the National Institutes of Health, The American College of Physicians, and other professional groups concluded that CBT-I should be the primary treatment for chronic insomnia. These studies have also compared CBT-I treatment to sleeping pills. While a sleeping pill can provide immediate relief, it only lasts one night of temporary relief of symptoms. CBT-I typically takes a few weeks before improvement is noted but then it a cure that is as effective as sleeping pills but lasts a lifetime.
Question: What can be done for people who experience sleepiness on the job,especially for shift-workers?
Answer: Poor sleep at night can affect performance on the job. CBT-I can be used to improve sleep at night which in turn improves performance on the job. The situation is often worse for people who have to work at night and try to sleep during the day. Shift workers often report difficulty keeping alert on the job resulting in errors and accidents. Additionally, medical problems and difficulties with family and friends occur. While it is not usually possible to completely solve sleep problems in shift-workers, our Behavioral Sleep Specialists can usually suggest things that make sleeping during the day much better.
Question: How many appointments does treatment take?
Answer: It depends on the type of sleep problem.
The typical adult with insomnia will typically need about 4 to 5 sessions totaling about 6 hours. Usually the sessions occur weekly or every other week. The first two sessions are longer because of the need to gather information about everything that may be affecting sleep and then determine what is needed to make improvements.
Sleep problems in toddlers typically take only one appointment of up to 1½ hours followed up by a couple of phone calls.
The typical sleep problem in teenagers usually requires a couple of appointments then intensive following of the progress of changes and making necessary adjustments during the next few weeks. This is usually done by email communication.
Nightmare treatment typically requires four sessions, one every week. Each session can last 1 to 2 hours.
Treatment duration for other sleep difficulties varies depending on individual circumstances but can be addressed in a couple of months or less.
Question: What does the type of treatment you offer cost?
Answer: To answer this question first consider what your sleep problem is costing you now. Are there costs for medications and doctor’s visits? Is it costing you reduced productivity, missed opportunities for advancement, or even accidents on the job? Is it costing you quality of life by your having to drag through day after day fatigued, emotionally down or on edge, or unable to do the things you want and like to do? Do you want to go on like this or would you rather make significant improvements? If so, getting relief from your poor sleep is valuable to you. For the cost of several weeks of CBT-I treatment you can get lasting relief from your poor sleep and the problems it presents to you. Even if your insurance does not pay for CBT-I (some do but not all) think of how much getting the sleep you want and need is worth to you. Compare the cost of the type of treatment we offer to what you spend for other things that provide quality of life such as entertainment, comfortable cars, vacations, and the like. And think how much quality you are losing from these things because of the effects of your insomnia. Now ask yourself, “Isn’t that worth a few hundred dollars?” Total cost for treatment of a typical adult with insomnia averages around $700 to 900. Other types of sleep problems often cost less. If this is beyond your means, our Behavioral Sleep Specialists can work with you to come up with a payment you can live with.
Question: Where are your offices located?
Answer: We currently see clients in Fort Collins, Colorado. We also do appointments using video calls over the internet (called TeleHealth) if travel to our location or other scheduling problems make office appointments difficult or impossible. TeleHealth enables our Behavioral Sleep Specialists to see and talk patients as if we were all in the same room.
Question: What is TeleHealth?
Answer: Click here for information on TeleHealth
Question: What is your background that enables you to help people like me with my sleep problems?