Knowledge of sleep medicine and the ability to treat sleep disorders should be in the tool kit of every healthcare professional.

Sleepwell Consultants was founded by Dr. Donn Posner to provide expert consultation in the theory and practice of general Behavioral Sleep Medicine (BSM) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I)  to clinicians interested in helping their patients with the sleep problems that affect every aspect of their daily lives, health, and well being.

Who are our clients?

  • New or seasoned clinicians looking to add the treatment of insomnia and other sleep disorders to their toolbox
  • Behavioral sleep medicine clinicians interested in becoming certified in BSM
  • Organizations seeking workshops for clinical staff on CBT-I or other BSM techniques
  • Businesses interested in developing cutting edge online, mobile app, and telehealth delivery systems for behavioral sleep medicine services
  • Custom training services tailored to specific needs.

Areas of expertise.

  • Insomnia
  • Hypnotic discontinuation
  • Sleep Apnea
    • CPAP Adherence
    • Positional Therapy
  • Restless Legs/ Periodic Limb Movement Disorder
  • Circadian Rhythm Disorders
    • Bright Light Therapy
    • Melatonin
    • Chronotherapy
  • Sleepwalking
  • Night Terrors

Why treat insomnia?

  • Insomnia Disorder is a major health problem, epidemic in its prevalence
  • Insomnia, once it is chronic, impacts all aspects of daily living, and quality of life
  • Insomnia is not just a symptom of other comorbidities, but is also a risk factor for wide ranging medical and behavioral health morbidity including:
    • Depression
    • Anxiety
    • Cardiovascular disease
    • Diabetes
    • Obesity
  • If left untreated insomnia can complicate the treatment of:
    • Depression
    • Anxiety
    • PTSD
    • Chronic pain
    • Cancer

Why learn CBT-I?

  • Overwhelming evidence has accumulated over the past three decades showing that CBT-I is as effective for treating insomnia as hypnotic medication in the short run, and better at maintaining gains in the long run

  • CBT-I is not only effective for primary insomnia, but is effective even when insomnia is comorbid with other medical and behavioral health disorders

  • CBT-I can have substantial beneficial impact on disorders ranging from depression, anxiety, PTSD, chronic pain and immune function

  • It is becoming clear that CBT-I needs to be considered a trans-diagnostic therapy and should be in the tool box of every health care clinician

  • Unfortunately, there are not enough well trained CBT-I providers to meet this public health challenge. That is why it is our mission to train the next generation of providers to meet this need.

Why seek consulting?

  • This is how we learned to do therapy in the first place, not just with classes but with supervision.

  • For those new to CBT-I and behavioral sleep medicine (BSM), consultation helps to:

    • To learn valuable new skills through practice and feedback

    • Build on skills learned in workshops; consulting is a proven method to learn new evidence based therapies and make them a part of your expanding scope of practice.

  • For clinicians already more seasoned at CBT-I and other BSM skills, consultation helps to:

    • Work through a particularly difficult case

    • Gain new perspective

    • Hone your skills

    • Expand your practice of BSM