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Cognitive Behavioral Treatments for Insomnia

Ketan Deoras, MD, Cleveland Clinic Sleep Specialist - Speaker Bio

Ketan Deoras, MD, is an associate staff physician with the Department of Psychiatry and Psychology in Cleveland Clinic’s Sleep Disorders Center in the Neurologic Institute. Dr. Deoras is board certified in psychiatry. He sees patients at Cleveland Clinic’s main campus, Beachwood Family Health & Surgery Center and Hillcrest Hospital. Dr. Deoras has a joint appointment in Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Behavioral Health and practices outpatient psychiatry in Westlake. He has many specialty interests including sleep disorders, insomnia, sleep apnea, psychiatric disorders and mood and anxiety disorders.
Dr. Deoras completed his fellowship in sleep medicine at Cleveland Clinic following completion of his residency in psychiatry at the University of Arizona Medical Center, Tucson, Ariz. He received his medical degree from the University of Toledo College of Medicine, Toledo, OH.

  • Topic Info:

    Approximately 50 percent of adults experience occasional bouts of insomnia, and one in 10 complain of chronic insomnia. Insomnia is almost twice as common in women as in men, and is more common in those who are older.

    People with insomnia have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep. Insomnia can cause one or more of the following symptoms:

    • Difficulty falling asleep
    • Waking up often during the night and having trouble going back to sleep
    • Waking up too early in the morning
    • Having sleep that is not refreshing

    Behavior therapy is commonly used to treat insomnia. It is a technique that requires some effort, but it is a proven method to help people return to more normal sleep patterns. Behavioral treatments, in general, are found to be more effective and longer lasting than treating insomnia with medication.

    Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia, or CBT-I, is an approved method for treating insomnia without the use of medication. This type of therapy is aimed at changing sleep habits and schedules. CBT-I techniques may include sleep hygiene, relaxation exercises, stimulus control, sleep restriction and cognitive restructuring.
    CBT-I includes regular physician visits to examine your sleep/wake habits and pinpoint the actions that may be preventing you from sleeping soundly.

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