The Canadian Sleep Society Clinic Map assists members of the public and health care professionals with finding local treatment providers. Three different categories of treatment providers can be found via the Clinic Map, and the following article provides an overview of each.
If you are a treatment provider, you can request to have your listing added to our Clinic Map.
This list includes ONLY Level 1 centres. Level 3 centres are NOT included (e.g., in-home, portable monitoring, unattended, minimal diagnostic recordings).
Insomnia Treatment Providers
The inclusion of Insomnia Treatment Providers is geared at connecting Canadians who have insomnia with providers of effective non-pharmacologic treatment.
By definition, insomnia is trouble getting to sleep or trouble staying asleep that is interfering with daytime functioning or well being, and that has persisted for at least three months. Of all the sleep disorders, insomnia is the most common.
Other types of sleep disorders and certain medical conditions can cause insomnia-like sleep disturbance. These other causes of sleep disturbance require specific treatment. If you are not sure whether you have insomnia or another condition, it’s best to see your family physician.
Insomnia in Adults
Currently, for adults the most effective treatment is “cognitive behavioural therapy for insomnia” (CBT-I). CBT-I is a specific set of techniques. It involves learning some new sleep-related techniques, like how to schedule your sleep period to obtain solid sleep, what to do when you can’t sleep, and how to deal with worries and racing thoughts. Clinicians on this list have been trained in CBT-I and can explain it and support you while you use the techniques to improve your sleep. It usually takes 4-8 sessions before you are sleeping well and confident in your ability to maintain good sleep.
Insomnia in Children and Adolescents
For children, behavioural approaches are commonly used that are based on principles of learning. These approaches often rely on parent training so that the parents can then facilitate changes in the child’s sleep behaviour. Examples of behavioural interventions include establishing routines, developing positive sleep-related associations and improving healthy sleep practices. For adolescents, both behavioural approaches and CBT-I are used to treat insomnia.
Dental Sleep Medicine Providers