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for Sleep Disorders
(Insomnia/Circadian Rhythm Disorders)

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Sleep Disorders
(Insomnia/Circadian Rhythm Disorders)
Suggested Pre-Referral Evaluation and Management Guidelines

Our clinic is affiliated with the UM Sleep Disorders Center. Please see consult request guidelines for sleep problems other than insomnia or circadian rhythm disorders.

Before referral, assess for medical causes and consider pain, depression, anxiety, or other primary psychiatric causes. Consider other sleep disorders (e.g., sleep apnea) that can cause insomnia and refer to UM Sleep Disorders Center. Consider referral to our clinic if insomnia/circadian rhythm disorder persists despite adequate management of other contributing conditions.

We emphasize cognitive-behavioral treatment (CBT) and other non-pharmacological approaches to the management of sleep disorders, as well as integration of pharmacological and non-pharmacological approaches to sleep problems. CBT is specifically indicated for patients with chronic difficulties (3+ nights/week for more than a month) initiating or maintaining sleep, whether primary or co-morbid with stable psychiatric/medical conditions. Transient insomnia episodes can be managed with hypnotics. Medications should be viewed as short-term, symptom-focused therapy. All patients should be counseled about good sleep practices and advised that non-pharmacological treatments are often preferable for long-term management of sleep problems.

Suggested Additional Test/Management Prior to Specialty Visit

Laboratory tests to rule out medical conditions that can cause insomnia (e.g., thyroid conditions).

Consider a referral to Ambulatory Psychiatry for patients with a primary psychiatric disorder.

Patient Education/Information (includes preps)
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Insomnia
  • www.sleepeducation.com
  • www.sleepfoundation.org
  • Appointment Timeframe Routine: 2 to 6 weeks.
    How to Get Results to Consultant UMHS patients:
    1. Complete electronic referral in MiChart.
    2. Direct the patient to call Psychiatry & Call Center at 734-764-0231 or 1-800-525-5188 to make an appointment.
    Clinic Contact Information Psychiatry Intake/Scheduling: 734-764-0231 or 1-800-525-5188
    Clinic Location Sites

    Depression Center / Ambulatory Psychiatry at the Rachel Upjohn Building
    East Medical Campus
    4250 Plymouth Road
    Ann Arbor, MI 48109

    University of Michigan Sleep Disorders Center
    Med Inn Building
    1500 East Medical Center Drive
    Floor 7, Room C728
    Ann Arbor, MI 48109-5734

    UM Consulting Physician Sleep Disorders Center Faculty
    Revised on: 08/01/2013

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