Claudia Machado Cooke, MD, FACP, MPH  |  Health Through Understanding

Insomnia/Sleep Disorder

Approximately 35% of Americans suffer some form of insomnia during the course of the year. Sleep disorder is one of the most common complaints presenting to primary care physicians. Insomnia is characterized by difficulty in getting to sleep, staying asleep or waking up to early. It may also be a function of sleep which is of poor quality and chronically non-restorative.

Conventional treatment incorporates both behavioral approaches, sleep hygiene, and medication.

One school of thought defended by some researchers is that a chronic sleep deprivation requires 6 weeks of consistent, restorative sleep for recovery. Dr. Cooke has had many successes with sleep disorder through combination of conventional and complementary approaches. Acupuncture, Alpha-Stim microcurrent stimulation, dietary modification, nocturnal continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) when indicated by overnight sleep study, among other modalities, have helped many of her patients regain restorative sleep.