Exceeding Expectations One Patient at a Time
Certified Behavioral Sleep Medicine Specialist
As a board certified Behavioral Sleep Medicine specialist, Dr. Hoekstra uses evidenced-based therapies (ones shown by research as effective) that are designed to change sleep behavior to correct sleep problems like insomnia. Therefore, this is not traditional "talk therapy." Rather, it is an "action" therapy; Dr. Hoekstra will work with you to change your sleep habits before, during, and after your sleeping times. He uses TeleMedicine to provide treatment so that people in outstate Minnesota can have access specialized Behavioral Sleep Medicine.
Behavioral Sleep Medicine
Behavioral sleep medicine therapy is based on Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I). The behavioral aspect of CBT for sleep problems focuses on eliminating habits, behaviors and environmental challenges that stand in the way of quality sleep. The therapy focuses on making behavioral changes that are proven to improve sleep. This may include altering sleep schedules and making changes in the unhelpful habits blocking sleep. The cognitive side focuses on finding, understanding, and changing any sleep interfering thoughts that obstruct sleep. Sometimes treatments such as bright light boxes are used as well. Most CBT-I therapy for sleep disorders is brief, involving an evaluation and approximately 3 - 5 treatment visits.
Sleep Free from Medicine
Most approaches in Behavioral Sleep Medicine do not use medications. In fact, successful treatment often means you may be able to reduce or even discontinue medications for sleep. Doing so is often quite gentle, well planned, and in close consultation with your prescribing medical provider.
Psychologists with special training in sleep disorders and behavioral sleep medicine are best suited to help people with insomnia and other related sleep disorders because they possess specialized knowledge in the science of sleep and behavior change. The Society of Behavioral Sleep Medicine has established a certification in Behavioral Sleep Medicine and maintains a list of certified specialists and their geographic locations on its website.