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What is insomnia?

Insomnia isn’t a lack of sleep now and then—it’s a real sleep disorder that affects millions of people. In fact, the APA estimates that six to eight percent of adults have symptoms severe enough for them to be diagnosed with insomnia disorder.

Insomnia and mental health are closely linked. Anxiety and depression can lead to insomnia, and insomnia can fuel the symptoms of anxiety and depression. This self-perpetuating cycle can lead to chronic insomnia.

Several anxiety and depressive disorders, such as Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), panic disorder, and Major Depressive Disorder (MDD), can result in varying degrees of insomnia.

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Mimi Winsberg, MD

Chief Medical Officer
Stanford-trained Psychiatrist with 25 years of practice

The signs & symptoms of insomnia.

People who experience insomnia typically report feeling unrefreshed when waking up, waking too early in the morning, or having trouble falling asleep at night.

The key symptoms of insomnia include:

  • Difficulty falling asleep at night
  • Waking up during the night
  • Waking up too early
  • Not feeling well-rested after a night’s sleep
  • Daytime tiredness or sleepiness
  • Irritability, depression or anxiety
  • Difficulty paying attention, focusing on tasks or remembering
  • Increased errors or accidents
  • Ongoing worries about sleep

Insomnia is a common and treatable condition, don’t wait to get the care you need.

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How we treat insomnia.

Once a diagnosis has been established, insomnia is generally treated with therapy, medication, or both. Talk with your provider about the best treatment option for you.

Medication

Antidepressants are shown to be effective in treating the symptoms of anxiety and depression that contribute to insomnia. At Brightside, we use your data and research to find the right medication for you.

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Therapy

We use evidence-based approaches to therapy such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) that are proven to be the most effective in treating insomnia.

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Self-Care

A comprehensive approach to care leads to better outcomes. By practicing daily healthy habits and self-care, you can reduce your symptoms of insomnia.

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Commonly prescribed medications.

At Brightside we prescribe over 30 different antidepressant medications. We’ll work with you to find the right medication for your individual needs and symptoms.

Affordable plans to help you feel better.

Starting as low as
$45 / for your first month.


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Whether you choose medication, therapy, or both, our memberships include expert online care designed to help you feel better, faster.

  • Comprehensive video evaluation
  • Personalized treatment plan
  • Unlimited messaging
  • Unlimited video follow-ups with your provider
  • 4 video sessions with your therapist each month
  • Free medication delivery
  • Interactive Therapy lessons
  • Regular progress tracking

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Getting started is simple.

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Step 1

Fill out a quick questionnaire.

Start by answering a clinically-proven set of questions, which will help us understand your symptoms and recommend a treatment plan with Medication, Therapy, or both.

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Step 2

Meet your provider & start treatment.

Within 48 hours, you’ll have a video consultation where you can share how you’re feeling and decide on next steps together. If prescribed, your medication will be delivered to your door monthly.

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Step 3

Make progress and feel better.

Unlimited messaging, video sessions, and regular check-ins help you stay in touch with your provider so they can monitor your symptoms and adjust until treatment is right for you.

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You’re in good hands. Our licensed providers are experts in treating insomnia.

  • Always see an expert psychiatric provider
  • All therapists hold a master’s degree or higher
  • Licensed in your state and background comprehensively checked
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Laura Purdy, MD

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Michael Chen, MD

Psychiatrist
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Frederica Boso, LMHC

Licensed mental health counselor

Life-changing results from real members.

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Melissa K.

“A literal life saver. So convenient, so effective, and more involved/high touch than my former psychiatrist was. I should have done this a year sooner.”

Kayla S.

“Brightside has made such a huge improvement on my quality of life. The ease of access, the convenience of the med delivery, and the intelligent check in scoring system all contribute to a next level quality of care.”

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“My provider has answered every question I’ve had, listened to worries and concerns and symptoms, assured me and is truly invested in my quality of care. I’ve gone from moderate-severe depression to mild depression in just 2 months.”

Rachael B

“I am so very grateful to have found Brightside. This is the most hopeful I have felt in maybe two years. Brightside isn't just working for me, it saved me. Brightside really turned may life around.”

Tyler K

“My life is so much better after starting with Brightside. My doctor truly cares about my well being and I’m just so grateful for this.”

Life-changing results from real members.

Melissa K.

“A literal life saver. So convenient, so effective, and more involved/high touch than my former psychiatrist was. I should have done this a year sooner.”

Kayla S.

“Brightside has made such a huge improvement on my quality of life. The ease of access, the convenience of the med delivery, and the intelligent check in scoring system all contribute to a next level quality of care.”

Anonymous

“My provider has answered every question I’ve had, listened to worries and concerns and symptoms, assured me and is truly invested in my quality of care. I’ve gone from moderate-severe depression to mild depression in just 2 months.”

Rachael B

“I am so very grateful to have found Brightside. This is the most hopeful I have felt in maybe two years. Brightside isn't just working for me, it saved me. Brightside really turned may life around.”

Tyler K

“My life is so much better after starting with Brightside. My doctor truly cares about my well being and I’m just so grateful for this.”

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What you need to know.

How is insomnia diagnosed?

You may be diagnosed with insomnia if you have difficulty falling or staying asleep for at least three nights a week. Short-term insomnia lasts less than three months. Chronic insomnia lasts for three months or longer. Your doctor may do more tests to see whether your insomnia has caused any underlying health conditions.

Before seeing your doctor, it may be helpful to keep a sleep diary for one to two weeks. A sleep diary can help your doctor understand your sleep problem and whether certain activities or substances (like caffeine) are affecting your sleep. Write down when you go to sleep, wake up, and take naps each day. Also keep track of how sleepy you feel throughout the day, when you drink caffeine or alcohol, and when you exercise.

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How are insomnia & anxiety related?

Worries can keep your mind active at night. Issues with work, school, family, and money can trigger your symptoms of anxiety. Not getting a good night’s sleep can further exacerbate feelings of anxiety.

Sleep problems affect more than 50% of adults with GAD. Researchers have discovered that sleep disruption—which affects levels of neurotransmitters and stress hormones, among other things—wreaks havoc in the brain, impairing thinking and emotional regulation. In this way, insomnia may amplify the effects of psychiatric disorders, and vice versa.

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How are insomnia & depression related?

Studies estimate that 65% to 90% of adults with MDD experience some kind of sleep problem. Insomnia also increases the risk of developing depression.

A meta-analysis of 34 different studies concluded that poor sleep—especially during times of stress—significantly increased the risk of developing depression.

In another study, researchers found that as insomnia persisted, the subjects developed an even greater risk for depression.

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What are the risk factors for insomnia?

Insomnia can occur at any age, but is more likely to affect women than men. Other risk factors for insomnia can include:

  • Stress & anxiety: Sleep problems affect more than 50% of adults with general anxiety disorder.
  • Depression: Studies estimate that 65% to 90% of adults with major depression experience some kind of sleep problem.
  • Age: Research suggests that almost 50% of people over 60 years of age experience symptoms of insomnia.
  • Medications: Many prescription and over-the-counter medications can cause or contribute to insomnia, including: antidepressants, heart and blood pressure meds, allergy meds, and pain meds.
  • Stimulants: Drinking caffeinated beverages late in the afternoon can prevent you from falling asleep at night.
  • Medical conditions: Sleep issues are associated with several chronic conditions, including: arthritis, breathing problems, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer, hyperthyroidism, menopause, and acid reflux. 
  • Obesity: Sleep disorders are linked to obesity, as adults who sleep less than six hours per night have an obesity rate of 33%. The obesity rate for those who sleep seven to eight hours per night is 22%.
  • Environmental changes: Working the night shift or long-distance travel can affect your body’s circadian rhythm and interfere with a restful sleep.
  • Sleep hygiene: Sleeping with background light or noise, in extreme temperatures, or using screens before bedtime can interfere with a restful night’s sleep.
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When to seek help for insomnia.

If you have trouble falling asleep, staying asleep, or don’t wake up feeling refreshed, it might be time for a conversation with your doctor. Untreated sleep problems can lead to a host of other problems and can set the stage for negative thinking and emotional vulnerability.

Is therapy effective in treating insomnia?

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT-I) can be helpful for people suffering from insomnia. Those with insomnia tend to become preoccupied with not falling asleep. CBT techniques can help you change negative expectations and build more confidence in having a good night’s sleep.

Are there natural treatments for Insomnia?

There are a handful of alternative treatments that can help insomnia, including lifestyle changes, better sleep hygiene, and relaxation techniques.

Lifestyle changes
Most people know that caffeine contributes to sleeplessness. But did you know that alcohol and nicotine can, too?

Alcohol initially depresses the nervous system, which can help some people fall asleep, but the effects wear off in a few hours and can cause unrestful sleep. Nicotine is a stimulant, which speeds heart rate and thinking and can inhibit the natural bodily processes for sleep.

Giving up these substances is best, but avoiding them before bedtime is another option.

Physical activity
Regular exercise can help you fall asleep faster, spend more time in deep sleep, and awaken less often during the night.

Sleep hygiene
Many experts believe that people “learn” insomnia, and can therefore “learn” how to sleep better. Good sleep hygiene is the term often used to include tips like maintaining a regular sleep-and-wake schedule. The idea is to use the bedroom only for sleeping and sex, and keep the bedroom dark and free of distractions like the computer or TV.

Some experts also recommend “sleep retraining,” which means staying awake longer in order to ensure sleep is more restful.

Relaxation techniques
Meditation, guided imagery, deep breathing exercises, and progressive muscle relaxation (alternately tensing and releasing muscles) can counter anxiety and racing thoughts.

Melatonin
Evidence suggests that melatonin is not effective in treating most primary sleep disorders with short‐term use, although there is some evidence to suggest that melatonin is effective in treating delayed sleep phase syndrome with short‐term use.

Evidence suggests that melatonin is not effective in treating most secondary sleep disorders with short‐term use.

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The Brightside difference.

We designed Brightside to deliver the best psychiatric care available.

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Build the skills needed to overcome anxiety and depression with an evidence-based approach to therapy that is proven to work.

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Track your progress at every step, so you and your provider can make informed decisions and adjust your care until it’s right for you.

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