Referral and Appointment

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We work in close collaboration with the UCLA Sleep Disorders Center. If you would like to be evaluated for treatment at the UCLA  Insomnia Clinic, please ask your current treating physician to refer you to one of the UCLA Sleep Disorders Center sites throughout the Los Angeles area (Westwood, Santa Monica, and Torrance).

If your doctor is a UCLA physician, the referral can be made by entering “Referral for Sleep Consultation” into the UCLA electronic health record program, CareConnect. On the referral order window, your doctor should check “Insomnia” and select one of the UCLA Sleep Disorders Center sites convenient for you (MED PENINSULA PULM, MSS PULMONOLOGY MP2, SLEEP MP3, or SLEEP SANTA MONICA).

If your doctor is not affiliated with UCLA, the referral can be made using the UCLA Physician Referral Service (call, fax, or email):

Please click here to download our clinic brochure

Our Services and Treatments

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The UCLA Insomnia Clinic provides behavioral treatments for insomnia that do not involve medications. Sleeping medications can be beneficial in the short term but can cause adverse effects and may not properly treat insomnia in the long term. For example, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I), a behavioral treatment, is the first-line treatment as recommended by the American College of Physicians with proven short- and long-term efficacy. Additionally, we have studied Mindfulness-Based Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (MBBT-I), and our research shows that this behavioral treatment is also efficacious with a good patient acceptability (click the links above for more information on CBT-I and MBBT-I).

Our clinic provides:

  1. Initial evaluation by a physician with expertise in insomnia and psychiatric disorders
  2. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I) by a clinical psychologist or a psychiatrist
  3. Mindfulness-Based Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (MBBT-I) by a clinical psychologist or a psychiatrist

Insomnia and Comorbid Sleep Disorders

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Insomnia is a common sleep disorder characterized by difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep despite having enough opportunity to sleep, leading to distress and impairment.

Insomnia may exist independently or occur in the setting of other sleep disorders that require different evaluation and treatment strategies than those provided by the UCLA Insomnia Clinic (the following links will take you to UCLA resources).

  1. Obstructive Sleep Apnea
  2. Restless Leg Syndrome
  3. Periodic Limb Movement Disorder
  4. Circadian Rhythm Sleep Disorder
  5. Parasomnia
  6. Narcolepsy

For more information on the evaluation and treatment of these sleep disorders, please visit the website of the UCLA Sleep Disorders Center.