Registered Psychologist B. Social Science (Psychology) Hons
Presentation title: Management of psychophysiological insomnia
Synopsis Individuals who have symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) often complain of co-morbid insomnia. We treat the OSA and expect the insomnia to remit. However, this is not always the case due to resultant sleep anxiety. Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a well regarded intervention that will treat insomnia and retrain the individual to sleep well.
Biography Dianne Richards is a registered psychologist specialising in cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) in the treatment of sleep problems including insomnia, fatigue, disorders of circadian rhythms (shift work, jet lag, delayed and advanced sleep phase syndromes), nightmares and other behaviour related disorders associated with sleep. She is also interested in the acceptance and uptake of continuous positive air pressure (CPAP) used for treatment of obstructive sleep apnea and was the lead author in a paper on the subject published in the journal SLEEP (Sleep Vol. 30 (5) 2007). She has over 20 years of experience in the field of sleep medicine, and was the Manager of the Sleep Investigation Laboratory at Royal North Shore Hospital for 12 years. Dianne now works as a psychologist in private practice and at the Woolcock Institute of Medical Research (Sydney University).