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Sleep is very important and central in our overall well-being. If we cannot sleep, we commonly have difficulty in other areas in our lives such as our physical health, emotional well-being, job and academic performance, increasing drowsiness and risk while driving. 

Mark Rosekind of the National Highway Safety Administration summarizes this; "Every aspect of who you are as a human, every capability is degraded, impaired, when you lose sleep." 

Many of us have insomnia symptoms at one time or another. In fact the annual prevalence of insomnia symptoms in the general adult population ranges from 35% to 50%. Of course, we can't just will ourselves to sleep. That takes effort, and effort means your brain is burning energy as you make effort to force sleep. That can and often does lead to frustration, taking you even farther from sleep! So it's not unusual for people to report "I can't get to sleep." "I am not able to sleep." Lets hope its temporary. Unfortunately, too often sleep difficulty is not temporary. 


Webster's dictionary defines insomnia as prolonged and usually abnormal inability to obtain adequate sleep . Insomnia Disorder involves the symptoms having ramped up and sleep difficulty takes on a life of its own. Insomnia Disorder involves a predominant complaint of dissatisfaction with sleep quantity or quality, associated with one or more of the following symptoms: (1) difficulty initiating sleep, (2) difficulty maintaining sleep characterized by frequent awakenings or problems returning to sleep after awakenings; (3) early morning awakening with inability to return to sleep


Puget Sound Psychiatric Center is conducting a clinical trial to compare the effectiveness of 4 behavioral (non-drug) treatments for adults with insomnia disorder. Participants receive free treatment which involves 6 sessions with a trained clinician. You may be eligible. 

If you participate in the study, you will receive:


6 weeks of free treatment


Eligible participants must be ages 18-72 years old and meet diagnostic criteria for insomnia.

If you have any questions or are interested in participating, please contact the Research Team by visiting our prospective participant page. By filling out your details, the Principal Investigator, Dr. Max Hines will reach out to you at your convenience to discuss the next steps."


Puget Sound Psychiatric Center 

10634 East Riverside Drive (Suite 350)

Bothell, Washington 98011

To see our brochure, click on Do You Suffer With Insomnia? 

To see our bulletin board poster, click Do You Have Difficulty Sleeping?

If you are interested, read Review of Related Literature: Behavioral Treatment of Insomnia Disorder

For more information about insomnia and other sleep disorders, visit the

following links:

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