Season 6 | Episode 5


We know that CBT-I is the gold standard treatment for insomnia, but it remains inaccessible for many due to cost or the limited availability of trained professionals. For patients with comorbid mental health disorders, insomnia treatment may improve their sleep and mental health, but sleep restriction therapy may not be the most appropriate modality. Dr. Chris Bojrab is a psychiatrist who has embraced sleep care as a vehicle to improve the mental health of his patients, and he has expertise in neurotransmitters. He discusses pharmacologic treatment of insomnia and some important considerations in those with mental health disorders.

Chris Bojrab, MD, is a psychiatrist and president of Indiana Health Group, the largest multidisciplinary behavioral health private practice in Indiana. His areas of interest include psychopharmacology, mood and anxiety disorders, ADHD, sleep disorders, pain syndromes, and gambling addiction. Dr. Bojrab is also the team psychiatrist for the Indiana Pacers, and he serves as a medical consultant for the other professional sports organizations in Indiana. He received his medical degree from the Indiana University School of Medicine and completed a four-year residency in psychiatry at the Indiana University Medical Center. He is board-certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

Episode Resources

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  3. American Academy of Sleep Medicine. Sleep Education. Insomnia.
  4. American Psychiatric Association. Patients and families.
  5. Mental Health America.
  6. National Alliance on Mental Illness.