WHAT IS THE DECODE INSOMNIA CLINIC?
The DECODE Insomnia Clinic is a specialized virtual clinic offering consultation and non-medication treatment for chronic insomnia, rooted in an evidence-based approach.
WHAT WE PROVIDE
OHIP-covered consultation to better understand the sleep concern and how to best move forward
A cognitive-behavioural therapy for insomnia (CBT-I) approach with the DECODE Insomnia Program
MAKE A REFERRAL
We provide virtual OHIP-covered consultation for chronic insomnia for ages 13+ in Ontario, Canada.
PLEASE NOTE: This is not a general Sleep Medicine clinic. Sleep investigations are not available. Click here for more details regarding Dr. Ooi's other clinical services at the Toronto Sleep Institute.
Please fax referrals to 647-689-7588. Any referral format will be accepted. Services at this clinic do not trigger negation for FHO family physicians.
After the referral is received, our standard process involves contacting patients by phone/email to register and book a consultation. Alternatively, to streamline the booking process and expedite access to care, provide your patient the Self-Registration Instructions below once a referral has been made.
*These instructions are only for patients who have been referred.
Beyond Standard Sleep Hygiene Advice
Following consultation, patients are provided with a clear understanding of their unique sleep challenges, why past attempts to sleep better haven't worked, and how to realistically & effectively move forward.
Evidence-Based Non-Medication Treatment
Following consultation, patients have the option to enroll in the DECODE Insomnia Program. The DECODE Insomnia Program is based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I). CBT-I is the first-line treatment for chronic insomnia. It is a relatively quick and highly effective approach, even for patients dealing with concurrent issues such as anxiety, depression, or chronic pain.
An Innovative, Practical Approach
To address common barriers to implementation and improvement, the DECODE Insomnia Program combines CBT-I strategies with Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) strategies to align treatment goals with big picture values as well as habit coaching for sustainable change. The DECODE Insomnia Program blends personalized support through virtual appointments with an accessible online platform for self-paced, convenient learning. To minimize therapy costs, most of the program's educational content is delivered through the platform, reserving one-on-one sessions for troubleshooting, accountability, and therapeutic interventions.
Additional OHIP-Covered Services Tailored to the Unique Needs of Youth
In addition to the DECODE Insomnia Program, there is an another treatment option for youth ages 13-26 after consultation called a Sleep Sprint. A Sleep Sprint is a brief behavioural intervention for insomnia and sleep timing concerns that lasts 2-3 weeks and is supported through OHIP-covered appointments with a physician. It was designed to address the unique challenges in the teen & young adult years and so is an option only available for this age group.