Behavioral Sleep Medicine

 

Behavioral Sleep Medicine (BSM) is a combination two clinical disciplines: health psychology and sleep medicine. BSM examines the relationship between psychological factors and their influence on the development and maintenance of the full range of sleep disorders. While the treatment of insomnia is a BSM mainstay, BSM can also be very helpful for other sleep issues such as Nightmares, Night Terrors, Noctural Panic Attacks, Parasomnias, Hypersomnias, Circadian Rhythm Disorders, and the common difficulties adjusting to Positive Airway Pressure.


The Society of Behavioral Sleep Medicine (SBSM) is the lead organization serving the BSM community. I am proud to be a founding member of this organization and to have served on their education committee for three years. 


The American Board of Sleep Medicine maintains a listing of all clinicians that are certified in Behavioral Sleep Medicine (CBSM). There are only about 230 certified clinicians worldwide and only 2 in the Los Angeles area at this time. However, the number of certified clinicians continue to grow. Choosing as BSM certified clinician helps to ensure that your sleep problem is being evaluated and treated by someone who has met the rigorous experience and examination requirements set forth by the American Board of Sleep Medicine. Please note that the use of this directory does not constitute my personal recommendation or referral of any particular clinician disorders that BSM can address.