Daniel Mintie, LCSW     575.758.2795

Sleep Well!

Insomnia affects all of us at some point in our lives.  One third of the U.S. adult population suffers from chronic insomnia, a condition that increases risk for physical and psychiatric disorders including depression, anxiety, cardiac illness, chronic pain and osteoarthritis.  Insomnia may be driven by a variety of factors.  For some it may be the nighttime expression of daytime stress, chronic worry, or the hypervigilance that accompanies PTSD.  For others it may be the result of lifestyle choices associated with diet, exercise or caffeine or alcohol use. Poor sleep habits can turn one's bed into a cue for "conditioned arousal" and one's nights into a wearisome series of clock-watching exercises.

I teach patients cutting-edge cognitive-behavioral and yoga therapy interventions for insomnia researched and developed by my colleagues at the Sleep Disorders Program at Harvard University, at Georgetown University’s Complementary and Alternative Medicine Program and at Stanford University medical school. These fast-acting, drug-free tools have demonstrated efficacy in clinical trials on par with prescription sleep medication, but without the side effects, tolerance issues and rebound sleeplessness the hypnotic drugs carry.

As insomnia is a very individual problem I don't offer patients a "one-size-fits-all" solution.  Instead we conduct a thorough diagnostic workup of your sleep problems, collect baseline data, then design an individualized treatment plan for your return to normal, restorative sleep.  Such a plan usually includes cognitive, behavioral and yoga-therapy approaches.  Many patients experience noticeable improvement in 6-8 sessions and oftentimes experience other pleasant changes related to daytime function, physical vitality, mood and relationship satisfaction.

Tired of restless nights and less-than-satisfying days?  Let's get started down your road to deep, sound, restorative sleep.



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