What is an insomnia evaluation?
The evaluation is your initial appointment. Your sleep
and medical history, plus other factors affecting your sleep are assessed. Education about issues sustaining your insomnia are provided and a treatment plan is developed for your specific needs.
Does it take a long time to treat insomnia?
Typically, treating insomnia is not a long process. After
the evaluation, generally most people return for at least
3 appointments, about 1 - 2 weeks apart. Each person's situation is unique, so some patients may require additional appointments.
Each person's insomnia is unique, requiring different strategies to resolve their sleep issues.
Dr. Gilbert provides an extensive evaluation of your sleep and will create a treatment plan that is specific to your needs.
I've seen other physicians / sleep specialists / researched insomnia / taken sleeping pills --
and still can't sleep. How is this different?
Information and advice is readily available regarding insomnia, however not all of it may be relevant or helpful to you. Focusing solely on treating insomnia, Dr. Gilbert takes the time to be specific and comprehensive in your assessment and treatment. Your plan is completely personalized and you are provided with support and experienced guidance to get the restful sleep you need.
SCOTTSDALE INSOMNIA AND SLEEP MEDICINE
Common questions about
treatment for insomnia:
I think my insomnia is from depression /anxiety / hormones / stress / pain -- will this still help me?
It can be difficult to know if a problem results in poor sleep, or if poor sleep makes an existing problem worse. Dr. Gilbert's evaluation will help to clarify the relationship between sleep and any co-existing condition. Successful treatment of insomnia can often reduce or eliminate symptoms of these associated issues.
Does Dr. Gilbert use CBT-I? What is CBT - I?
Yes, Cognitive Behavioral Treatment for Insomnia (CBT-I) is utilized as it is one of the most effective treatments for insomnia. CBT-I is a non-medication approach to treating insomnia that involves adjusting the sleep schedule and altering patterns of thoughts, behaviors, and emotions perpetuating insomnia.
Do I need an overnight sleep study?
Most insomnia patients will not require a sleep study. If, during your evaluation, Dr. Gilbert determines there are other sleep issues possibly complicating your insomnia which would require a sleep study to assess, he will refer you to an appropriate sleep lab and your insomnia treatment would be reassessed following the results.
A good night's sleep isn't
just a dream
Schedule an appointment for
an insomnia evaluation and get
the restful sleep you need
How long are the appointments?
The initial evaluation appointment lasts 60 - 90 minutes. Follow up appointments are 45 - 60 minutes each, and are usually scheduled about a week or two apart.
I've taken sleeping pills for years --
do I have to stop?
Many people depend on sleep medications, despite
unreliable results. Dr. Gilbert's insomnia treatment
emphasizes a medication/drug free approach. Patients
do not need to stop taking medication before their first appointment. Treatment can incorporate a gradual
reduction in reliance on medication.