The sleep doctors of Sleep Medicine Associates of Texas routinely treat patients who suffer from insomnia. People who suffer from insomnia symptoms may experience problems falling asleep, staying asleep and/or waking early and feeling exhausted throughout the day. This sleep disorder may persist for months or years and undermine your ability to function. While many adults experience occasional sleep problems, insomnia is a sleep disorder that may require the care of a sleep disorder clinic. Effective insomnia treatment can reverse this problem.
Causes of Insomnia Symptoms
Some of insomnia causes are straightforward such as aging, a change in your biological clock or a stressful event in your life such as a relationship problem or the loss of a loved one. Another cause of insomnia is the consumption of stimulants like caffeine or over the counter drugs. Bad sleep hygiene may also contribute to insomnia.
There are many ways to conduct insomnia treatment, starting with evaluating your sleep hygiene and habits. One of our sleep doctors can quickly review your everyday sleeping behaviors and provide helpful tips to improve your sleep hygiene. Other common insomnia treatments include medications, light therapy and cognitive therapy at our sleep disorder clinic. Most insomnia treatments prescribed by our sleep doctors will include a combination of these insomnia therapies.
Drug-Free Insomnia Treatment
Many insomnia sufferers have found effective relief with a drug-free therapy called Multimodal Therapy for Insomnia (MMTI). This drugless insomnia treatment is conducted in the labs of our sleep disorder center. In a survey of patients who have undergone MMTI, 60-70% report good results and another 10-12% report they received value from the therapy.
What does MMTI include?
- In-clinic private therapeutic sessions
- At-home practice sessions
- ZEOTM home monitoring
- Cranial Electrotherapy StimulationTM
- Cognitive Behaviorial Therapy for Insomnia (CBTI)
- Sleep Restriction Therapy (SRT)
- Sleep-focused relaxation
- MMTI Rapid Relaxation Response
- Self-assessment insomnia tools
- Sleep Diary
- Special learning modules
- Other treatments as needed
Some components of MMTI might be covered by your health insurance, others may not be. Please check with your insurance provider.
What does MMTI involve?
During 12 in-clinic sessions, a sleep technologist will guide you through each step of the process. Before the first session, you will complete measurement tools that will be used to track your success. Your progress will be monitored with a ZEOTM Home headband, a sleep diary and other questionnaires. During each session, you’ll relax at the sleep clinic for 30-60 minutes. While listening to a therapeutic module, you’ll receive cranial electrotherapy stimulation which focuses attention in the interest of reducing the set point for hyperarousal.
How long does the MMTI procedure take?
Your 12 sessions will be scheduled across 4,6 or 12 weeks (fees vary). Between sessions you will practice MMTI proven methods of change at home, improving your knowledge of normal sleep and your abilities to relax. By session 12, you will be ready to graduate. If you currently take sleep medications, a separate program of medication reduction may be included.
If left untreated, insomnia can wreak havoc with your life, affecting your mood, quality of life and overall health.