I've long suspected that insomnia is often ignored by the medical profession since treatment is often billed under a psychological code which pays poorly (compared to sleep apnea which normally costs around $10,000 to treat and is usually fully covered by insurance).
I recently came across an article confirming my suspicion that insomnia treatment is relatively inexpensive. Apparently, it ranges from $200 per year for sleep aids up to $1,200 for cognitive behavioral therapy. If insomnia is so inexpensive to treat, why is it costing the United States $63 billion per year?
I suspect the real issue here is the fact that there is no single universal insomnia treatment that works for everyone. Finding an individual cure for insomnia takes time - time that many doctors often don't have, and can't afford to give. That's no excuse, though.
We need to encourage insomnia sufferers to seek medical advice rather than ignore their lack of sleep. Cognitive behavioral therapy needs to be more widely available, and more affordable for those without insurance. Furthermore, insurance companies shouldn't be denying coverage to those with insomnia.
Source: International Business Times
Last updated: March 12, 2013