Dr. Allison Siebern has been working in the field of sleep for over a decade. She is a consulting assistant professor at the Stanford School of Medicine Sleep Center, the birthplace of clinical sleep medicine and pioneering sleep research. She has been faculty at Stanford since 2010 where she has treated hundreds of patients with sleep disorders of all ages. For many years she served as associate director and co-fellowship training director of the behavioral sleep medicine program. She continues to maintain involvement in training future sleep specialists and research at Stanford. In addition, Dr. Siebern is currently director of the Sleep Health Integrative Program at the VA Medical Center in North Carolina. Dr. Siebern, a licensed psychologist, is one of approximately 300 in the country who is board certified in behavioral sleep medicine by the American Board of Sleep Medicine. She has been published in peer reviewed journals, national media outlets, has acted as consultant with companies on sleep and scientific psychology topics, and serves on the editorial board for Sleep Science and Practice. She is also currently the Scientific Sleep Advisor for Fitbit, Inc. She has a passion for the field of sleep medicine and enjoys helping clients improve their sleep and communicating the importance of sleep health to the public.
Dr. Siebern started Sleep Health and Wellness Center, PLLC, a private practice, to increase access for clients to a variety of nonpharmacological evidenced based treatments for improving sleep and quality of life. Due to the limited number of trained and board certified behavioral sleep medicine providers across the country, access to these treatments can be limited. The practice currently offers Friday appointments either via secure remote video (telehealth) to clients located in the states of CA and NC or in-person in downtown Raleigh.
Insomnia is the number one sleep disorder with a prevalence rate of 10-15%. Chronic insomnia is defined as difficulty getting to sleep, and/or difficulty getting back to sleep 3 or more nights a week for more than 3 months. Those suffering from insomnia can experience impact on mood, health, and daytime functioning. The consensus of the National Institutes of Health consensus, the British Medical Association, and the American College of Physicians (ACP) recommend Cognitive Behavioral Treatment for Insomnia (CBT-I) as the first line treatment for chronic insomnia. CBT-I is a very effective short term empirically based treatment averaging 4-6 sessions focused on harnessing the natural ability of the sleep system to improve sleep disruption (this treatment is not to be confused with “sleep hygiene” recommendations which are often not effective interventions for chronic insomnia). The treatment is tailored to each client and has been shown effective for those individuals ranging from adolescence to later adulthood.
During the initial appointment the client’s medical, psychosocial, and sleep history are discussed with Dr. Siebern and clinically indicated treatment options will be reviewed. Below are some of the treatments offered:
- Cognitive behavioral treatment for insomnia (CBT-I)
- Alpha-Stim Microcurrent and Cranial ElectroTherapy stimulation (MET/CES) is an effective non-pharmaceutical intervention for syndromes involving pain such as headaches, migraines, neck pain, back pain, joint pain, knee pain, nerve pain, fibromyalgia, carpal tunnel, and for the management of anxiety, depression, and/or insomnia. Dr. Allison Siebern is trained and certified in both Microcurrent ElectroTherapy (MET) and Cranial Electrotherapy Stimulation (CES). This treatment option requires an in person appointment.
- Desensitization for those that struggle to use Continous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) for sleep apnea treatment.
- Treatment for Circadian rhythm disorders: advanced sleep phase (consistently awakening early morning unable to return to sleep), delayed sleep phase (difficulties getting to sleep and difficulties awakening in the morning), jet lag, shift work. During adolescents there can be a shift or expression of delayed sleep phase leading to difficulties with tardiness, school attendance, and academic performance.
- Imagery rehearsal therapy for chronic repetitive nightmares
- Stress management
- Relaxation training