Jefferson University Hospitals

Insomnia

If you are one of the millions of Americans who has trouble sleeping, there is hope in knowing that insomnia can be effectively managed if accurately diagnosed. Although many sleep disorders go undiagnosed, the experienced medical team of the Jefferson Sleep Disorders Center will work hard to diagnose your disorder and provide advanced treatment. The Center was the first such program in the Philadelphia region and is accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

Once insomnia is diagnosed, the sleep specialists at Jefferson will offer you various treatments including cognitive behavioral therapy. These include relaxation training with biofeedback, hypnosis, stimulus control therapy, chronotherapy, sleep hygiene management, phototherapy and sleep restriction.

There is also growing evidence for the effectiveness of acupuncture and other related modalities for a wide range of ailments, including insomnia. In its purest form, acupuncture is used in the context of a complete healing arts system known as Oriental medicine, which originated from ancient Chinese medicine.

The Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Program within the Marcus Institute of Integrative Health consists of a highly experienced team of acupuncturists and Oriental medicine practitioners that works in collaboration with your Jefferson primary care physician to facilitate optimal health and well-being.

The physicians of the Jefferson Sleep Disorders Center can also recommend various medications for insomnia and supervise your treatment to ensure an effective resolution to your symptoms.

Children with Insomnia

Like adults, children can experience insomnia. A child with insomnia may have trouble going to sleep, staying asleep and may feel sleepy all day. If your child is experiencing sleeping problems, seek the expertise of pediatric sleep medicine specialists at Jefferson.

A common reason for children not getting enough sleep is that they go to bed too late. Our pediatric sleep medicine specialists will evaluate your child's condition and recommend the best treatment methods, including:

  • Setting a consistent schedule for your child to go to bed and wake up
  • Teaching your child relaxation techniques when going to bed
  • Avoiding caffeine
  • Exercising regularly
  • Stopping stimulating activities 30 to 60 minutes before bedtime, including watching TV or playing video games

If your child is still not getting a good night's sleep, it may be caused by an underlying condition that should be treated first. Jefferson's comprehensive Pediatric Sleep Medicine Program cares for children ages 3 and up with insomnia.
 

Make an Appointment

Call 1-800-JEFF-NOW (1-800-533-3669) to make an appointment with a Jefferson Health insomnia specialist.