Sleep Disorders Specialist


Psychologist located in Bronx, NY & Lincoln Square, New York, NY

Sleep problems often occur when you have depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, or other mental health conditions, but sleep disorders can also increase the risk of developing a psychological disorder. At RobinsPsych in the Bronx, New York, the experienced medical staff provides a variety of behavioral therapies that successfully treat sleep disorders and make it possible to get restorative sleep.

Sleep Disorders Q & A

How do sleep disorders affect your psychological health?

Sleep disorders and mental health go hand-in-hand. People with mental health conditions often have a hard time sleeping. In fact, sleep problems can be a first sign of an existing psychological disorder. On the flip side, scientists now know that a sleep disorder increases your risk for developing a new mental health problem.

Depression is just an example of the connection. It’s estimated that 65-90% of adults and 90% of children with depression have a hard time sleeping. Meanwhile, people with insomnia are 4 times more likely to become depressed, when compared with people with normal sleep patterns. In teens, sleep problems often develop before signs of depression emerge.

What sleep disorders improve with therapy at RobinsPsych?

While there are more than 70 different types of sleep disorders, some of the most common conditions that benefit from therapy include:

  • Insomnia: caused by difficulty falling or staying asleep, or waking too early in the morning without being able to get back to sleep. Stress is one of the top causes of insomnia.
  • Obstructive sleep apnea: When soft tissues in the throat relax during the night, they block the airway and disrupt breathing. This interrupts your sleep as your body temporarily wakes up to restore breathing.
  • Circadian rhythm sleep disorders: The circadian rhythm is your internal clock that regulates sleep and wakefulness. When the rhythm is out of order, sleep is disrupted.

What types of psychological therapy treat sleep disorders?

At RobinsPsych, the medical staff successfully treats insomnia with behavior therapy — a treatment option that helps you avoid medications and their side effects. It’s also important to evaluate if an underlying psychological disorder is a factor in your sleep problems, so that it can be treated. A variety of therapeutic techniques can eliminate sleep disorders and improve sleep quality:

  • Cognitive therapy: This structured program helps you identify and replace any behaviors, thoughts, and feelings that contribute to sleep problems.
  • Relaxation training: Deep breathing techniques, progressive muscle relaxation, meditation, and learning to use imagery help improve sleep.
  • Stimulus control: Therapy to identify and remove factors that affect sleep, such as leaving the bedroom if you can’t get to sleep rather than lying in bed getting frustrated.
  • Sleep hygiene counseling: Identifies ways to change lifestyle habits that influence sleep, from establishing a regular bedtime to routines that help you relax before bed.

Major Insurance Plans Accepted

1199 National Benefits Fund, Aetna, Affinity, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, Beacon Health Strategies, Blue Cross Blue Shield, EmblemHealth, Empire Plan, Fidelis, HealthFirst, Medicaid, Medicare, Metroplus, Neighborhood Health Plan, Optum, Oxford United Healthcare, Personal Injury, Railroad Medicare, United Healthcare Community Plan, Value Options, Wellcare. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed.

1199 National Benefit Fund
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
Beacon Health Strategies
Empire Plan
Neighborhood Health Plan
Oxford United Healthcare
Railroad Medicare