Insomnia: Why Some People Can’t Sleep (…especially now)

Stanford University School of Medicine

Dr. Donn Posner is Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor at the Stanford University School of Medicine. He previously served as a Clinical Associate Professor at the Warren Alpert School of Medicine at Brown University. Professor Posner is a member of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and a founding member of the Society of Behavioral Sleep Medicine. He also is one of the authors of Cognitive Behavioral Treatment of Insomnia: A Session-by-Session Guide.


Professor Posner’s Recommended Reading:

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia in Those with Depression, by Colleen E. Carney and Donn Posner

Treatment Plans and Interventions for Insomnia: A Case Formulation Approach, by Rachel Manber and Colleen E. Carney

Cognitive Behavioral Treatment of Insomnia: A Session-by-Session Guide, by Michael L. Perlis, Carla Jungquist, Michael T. Smith, Donn Posner



Understanding Insomnia: Why People Can’t Sleep

The challenges presented by coronavirus certainly qualify as the kind of stressor that is likely to lead to an increase in the incidence of acute insomnia. Research in behavioral sleep medicine suggests that while acute insomnia can be considered a normal reaction to stress, for many, the sleep problem can evolve into a chronic disorder that has wide ranging impact on both medical and behavioral health for years to come. In this lecture, Dr. Posner will show how acute insomnia can evolve from a normal stress reaction to a disorder necessitating targeted treatment, and how the practice of social distancing itself can increase the likelihood of this evolution. Finally, he will provide some ideas about how to possibly prevent this transition from occurring in the first place.


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