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Helpful approaches to insomnia

August 23, 2023 | 8:00 am to 9:00 am

Insomnia can be caused by multiple factors and may require a longer appointment, but family doctors don’t always have the time. If the issue is not addressed, overreliance on sleep aids can lead to patient dependency and poor sleep can lead to substance use, as well as decreased productivity and mood. Connect with us as our panelists discuss experiences treating insomnia with non-pharmaceutical methods (ex. Cognitive behavioral therapy) and relaxation techniques. We’ll also provide a treatment algorithm and share what other options one should try after melatonin and trazodone.

The Practising Well Community of Practice has been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada and the Ontario Chapter for up to 1 Mainpro+Ⓡcredits. This Community of Practice includes a series of planned webinars. Each session is worth 1 Mainpro+Ⓡcredits, for up to a total of 12 credits.


  • Chris Frank, Care of the Elderly focused-practice physician, Queen’s University and Providence Care Hospital; Steering Committee Member, Provincial Geriatrics Leadership Ontario; Committee Member, Older Adult Advisory Committee of Mental Health Commission
  • Marcia Kostenuik, Medical Psychotherapist focused on Physician Health, Physician Coach, Speaker, Parenting and Relationship Coach, Psychotherapy Teacher at the University of Toronto Family Medicine Teaching Unit, Barrie, ON; Peer guide, Practising Well Peer Connect Program, Ontario College of Family Physicians; Member of the Board of Directors, Medical Psychotherapy Association of Canada
  • Purti Papneja, Family Physician and Assistant Professor, Sunnybrook Academic Family Health team, Department  of Family and Community Medicine; Sleep Consultant, Ellesmere Sleep Disorder Clinic, Toronto, ON


  • Nikki Bozinoff, Division Head, Mental Health and Addictions, Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Toronto; Physician, Concurrent Outpatient Medical and Psychosocial Addiction Support Service, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health


  • Stephanie Zhou, Addictions Medicine Physician and EDI & Social Accountability Lead, Sunnybrook Hospital; FHO Lead, Don Mills FHT; Assistant Professor, University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine; Board Director, Toronto Public Health, Toronto, ON

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Self Learning Program:

This session is part of the Practising Well Self Learning Program. Visit the Self Learning Program page to learn more and to participate.

Need more information?

  • Join Peer Connect for more individualized educational support
  • Join your colleagues and a Peer Guide in a small group discussion on insomnia. Space is limited!

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