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Insomnia Specialist

Richard Firshein, D.O. -  - Integrative Medicine

Firshein Center

Richard Firshein, D.O.

Integrative Medicine & Family Medicine located in Manhattan, Upper East Side, NY

Can’t sleep at night? Are you tired of restless nights followed by lethargic days? Every night in the United States, up to one-third of the population struggles with getting a good night’s sleep, chiefly because of insomnia. At the Firshein Center, Dr. Richard Firshein helps Manhattan, Upper East Side-area patients get the rest they need through an integrative approach combining the best of Eastern and Western medicine. To learn more about treating your insomnia, call or schedule an appointment using the online booking tool.


What is insomnia?

Over the course of his 30 years as a physician, Dr. Firshein has treated a large patient population who struggles with getting a good night’s sleep because of insomnia. Dr. Firshein not only has a full understanding of the frustration you feel with being unable to sleep, but he also understands how the accompanying side effects of insomnia can have a serious impact on your life, including:

  • Daytime fatigue
  • Low energy
  • Moodiness
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Cognitive difficulties

Insomnia can be acute, lasting only a few days, or chronic, which is defined as having difficulty sleeping at least three nights a week for longer than three months.

What are the most common causes of insomnia?

The most common causes of insomnia include:

  • Stress
  • Travel schedules
  • Medications
  • Sleep apnea
  • Poor sleep habits (staying up late to watch TV, for example)
  • Nutritional influences (eating too close to bedtime, consuming caffeine, etc.)
  • Chronic pain
  • Environmental changes (a new home, new job, to name a few)

Insomnia is a tricky disorder to manage since it can be primary or secondary. Take, for example, the common co-occurrence of insomnia and depression. In some cases, the insomnia is brought about by depression. In other cases, ongoing problems with insomnia can lead to depression.

It’s for this reason that it’s important to seek medical help from providers who take a holistic and integrative approach to the problem, like Dr. Firshein at the Firshein Center. Through extensive experience and an understanding of how the body and mind influence one another, Dr. Firshein is able to help you sleep better.

How is insomnia treated?

Due to the complexity of conditions such as insomnia, Dr. Firshein takes a precision-based holistic and integrative approach to the problem. To start, Dr. Firshein performs a complete evaluation of your system, including vitamins, toxins, allergies, diet, and your genetic profile so that he can customize a specific lifestyle regimen that meets your individual needs.

Through extensive experience and an understanding of how the body and mind influence one another, his customized integrative approach is able to help you sleep better.

Treating insomnia is highly individual, so your treatment plan is exclusively designed to fit your specific needs and goals. By addressing the underlying problems that may be leading to your insomnia, Dr. Firshein aims to provide you with a long-lasting solution, helping you finally get the rest you need.

When you come to the Firshein Center, Dr. Firshein spends an extensive amount of time reviewing your symptoms, your lifestyle, your medical history, and anything else that may influence your sleep patterns. After this comprehensive evaluation, he’s able to isolate the root cause of your insomnia and use all of your diagnostic test results to create a precision-based  personalized program, which includes:

  • Nutritional supplementation
  • Dietary interventions
  • Meditation
  • Acupuncture
  • Allergy control
  • Stress management

To reset your body’s internal clock, optimize your health, and get your life back on track, simply schedule a consultation with Dr. Firshein, either by calling or using the online scheduling tool.