What is Behavioral Sleep Medicine?
Sleep problems are common, and they interfere with physical and mental health. Behavioral Sleep Medicine (BSM) is an expanding area of psychology that helps patients to achieve better nighttime sleep and daytime functioning. It uses evidence-based, non-medication approaches to address behavioral, psychological, and physiological factors that interfere with sleep.
- Assessment of sleep-wake problems and referral to sleep study or other treatment
- Cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-I)
- Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) desensitization and adherence
- Circadian rhythm therapy for delayed, advanced, or irregular sleep-wake phase
- Imagery rehearsal therapy (IRT) for nightmares
- Mindfulness-based behavioral therapy
- Guided taper for discontinuing sleep medications