Having trouble falling asleep three or more days a week may signal insomnia. At Desert Bolt Behavioral in Phoenix, Arizona, diagnostic evaluations are available in-office and through the online teletherapy platform to identify the source of your insomnia. Valery Nkendong, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC, and the experienced medical providers create a treatment plan using cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), medications, and other strategies to help you fall asleep and stay asleep. They can also help you establish a healthy sleep schedule so you feel refreshed and alert throughout the day. Call the office to schedule an insomnia evaluation or book an appointment online today.

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What is insomnia?

Insomnia is a sleep disorder that causes difficulties falling asleep and staying asleep throughout the night. The lack of sleep can lead to persistent daytime tiredness, depression, and other mental health symptoms.

Risk factors for insomnia include:

  • Aging
  • Stress
  • Nicotine use
  • Poor sleep habits
  • Excessive use of caffeine
  • Family history of insomnia

Desert Bolt Behavioral offers diagnostic evaluations for insomnia in adults and children in the office and through an online teletherapy platform. The medical team provides counseling services and medications to improve sleep quality.

When should I seek medical help for insomnia?

Occasional insomnia can result if you’re stressed, traveling, or experiencing other temporary situations and may resolve on its own. Chronic insomnia lasting more than three months can develop due to underlying medical conditions and mental or emotional health disorders.

Schedule a diagnostic evaluation at Desert Bolt Behavioral if you have ongoing sleep problems, including:

  • Waking too early
  • Waking throughout the night
  • Difficulties falling asleep
  • Persistent daytime sleepiness

Anxiety and depression can be side effects of insomnia. An evaluation is important because untreated chronic insomnia can increase your risk of physical health issues like diabetes, high blood pressure (hypertension), and coronary artery disease.

How is insomnia treated?

Your Desert Bolt Behavioral provider diagnoses insomnia by reviewing your medical history, lifestyle, and sleep habits. Initially, they may recommend you make lifestyle and diet changes and follow a consistent sleep schedule.

You may also benefit from:

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)

CBT helps you identify negative thoughts and behaviors that interfere with your ability to get good quality sleep. Your therapist provides tools to change your mindset and can recommend breathing techniques and other strategies to help you relax before bedtime.


When therapy alone can’t relieve insomnia symptoms, the team can prescribe medications. Many sleep aids are available for short-term use, and your provider can determine which medications are a good fit for your condition.

If you experience symptoms of anxiety or depression because of poor sleep, the specialists can also address these issues in your treatment plan.

Call Desert Bolt Behavioral to schedule an insomnia evaluation or book an appointment online today.