Brandon Peters, MD

Author, Insomnia Specialist
Virginia Mason Medical Center
Brandon R. Peters, M.D., is a board-certified neurologist and sleep medicine specialist who currently practices at Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle and serves as an Adjunct Lecturer in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University's School of Medicine. He received his undergraduate degree from Seattle Pacific University in Biology and English and studied medieval and Renaissance literature at Oxford University in England. He worked as a polysomnographic technician before attending medical school at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, Oregon. He was trained as a neurologist at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis and completed his sleep fellowship at Stanford University, where he was also trained as a cognitive behavioral therapist for insomnia. He has served on multiple committees within the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. He has written more than 1000 articles on sleep for He has written numerous additional academic articles and book chapters on normal sleep, circadian rhythm disorders, parasomnias, and sleep ethics. He is the creator of Insomnia Solved, an online insomnia therapy program, and author of Sleep Through Insomnia.


Good Night, Sleeping Pills: Simple Techniques to Optimize Insomnia Management

Insomnia is the most common sleep disorder, and it may occur secondary to unrecognized sleep apnea. Normal sleep may be optimized by enhancing the circadian rhythm and sleep drive. Consider treatment options available for insomnia, including the use of sleeping pills and the role of cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBTI). It is possible to resolve these difficulties sleeping, but understanding the science of sleep and the likely contributions to insomnia will aid success.

- Understand the basics of normal sleep and the symptoms and causes of insomnia.

- Review the effectiveness and side effects of sleeping pills to treat insomnia.

- Discuss the basis and techniques for cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBTI).

- Consider the resources available for support of people with insomnia.

Saturday, November 14, 2020