According to The Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Persons experiencing sleep insufficiency are more likely to suffer from chronic diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, depression, and obesity, as well as from cancer, increased mortality, and reduced quality of life and productivity.1 Sleep is a crucial component of physical and mental health. The National Institutes of Health suggests that school-age children need at least 10 hours of sleep daily, teens need 9-10 hours, and adults need 7-8 hours. According to data from the National Health Interview Survey, nearly 30% of adults reported an average of ≤6 hours of sleep per day in 2005-2007.2 In 2009, only 31% of high school students reported getting at least 8 hours of sleep on an average school night.3

There are many different disorders involving sleep that can be addressed through various therapeutic approaches. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for InsomniaImagery Rehearsal Therapy, and Sleep Restriction Therapy are just a few approaches to common sleep disorders.


  2. Schoenborn CA, Adams PF. Health behaviors of adults: United States, 2005–2007. National Center for Health Statistics. Vital Health Stat10(245). 2010.
  3. Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance—United States, 2009. MMWR2010;59:SS-5.

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