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Insomnia Specialist

Drake Institute of Behavioral Medicine

Neurophysical & Behavioral Medicine located in Irvine, CA & West Los Angeles, CA

While almost everyone has an occasional sleepless night, around 10% of Americans experience daytime symptoms of impaired sleep and approximately 6% develop chronic insomnia. Drake Institute of Behavioral Medicine in Irvine and West Los Angeles, California, uses evidence-based biofeedback to treat insomnia and restore your quality of sleep. Insomnia leads to health problems ranging from obesity to high blood pressure. Don’t put your health at risk. Call Drake Institute of Behavioral Medicine to schedule a consultation today.

Insomnia Q & A

What is insomnia?

Acute insomnia affects almost everyone sometimes. You’ve been there — tossing and turning, your mind racing with worries about your big work presentation or a family member’s health. But these symptoms pass when your stressor goes away. 

On the other hand, chronic insomnia interferes with your sleep more than three nights a week for three months or more. Some of the common signs of insomnia include:

  • Trouble falling asleep
  • Waking up too early
  • Trouble staying asleep
  • Daytime sleepiness
  • Irritability
  • Mood changes
  • Reduced concentration
  • Memory problems
  • Frequent mistakes

Insomnia is closely related to stress and anxiety. Insomnia is both caused by stress and increases your stress in a cycle of anxiety and sleeplessness. 

Insomnia might also be caused by physiological health problems like asthma, chronic pain conditions, sleep apnea, or congestive heart failure. 

When should I talk to a doctor about insomnia?

You should make an appointment at Drake Institute of Behavioral Medicine if your lack of sleep interferes with your ability to function during the day. Insomnia increases your risk of several mental and physical health problems, including:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease
  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity

Insomnia also reduces your concentration and focus, which increases your risk of having accidents. 

How is insomnia treated?

Drake Institute of Behavioral Medicine provides evidence-based, drug-free treatment to reduce insomnia and related stress and anxiety disorders. They begin by assessing your insomnia, brain function, and anxiety levels with biofeedback and qEEG brain mapping technology. 

The data provide baseline information about your condition and allow the team to customize your biofeedback and neuromodulation treatment. Throughout your treatment program, the team compares your brain scans to your initial scan to monitor your progress. 

Then, you begin your biofeedback treatment program to learn how to relax your mind and body and sleep through the night. Sleep is critical to achieving regenerative relaxation levels — this is when your body repairs itself and prepares to face a new day. 

At-home relaxation guides or meditation programs might help you relax and fall asleep, but biofeedback gives you real-time feedback while you learn and practice psychophysiological relaxation techniques. 

The feedback is critical to training your brain to relax and drift off to sleep. When you learned to ride a bike, your eyes provided the information you needed to balance. Biofeedback provides the information you need to learn to achieve regenerative relaxation.

Call Drake Institute of Behavioral Medicine to make an appointment today for expert, evidence-based treatment for insomnia.