"Grey's Anatomy" doc Justin Chambers (aka abrasive Dr. Alex Karev) has been dealing with his own medical emergency, and it's serious enough to send him to the psych ward.
Chambers checked into UCLA Medical Center's Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital for a week in late January but is still suffering the effects of what he called "a biological sleep disorder. Your mind keeps racing, and your body is tired. It wants to go to sleep, but it can't," he told People magazine. He added that he'd been sleeping no more than an hour a week for two months. "I got to my wit's end."
Shooting a TV series and having five young kids at home -- the eldest is 10 -- could cause anyone to lose sleep. But Justin's problem clearly goes beyond ordinary insomnia, especially since the 37-year-old actor was allegedly spotted acting erratically and rambling incoherently at a Palm Springs pub. Some have even wondered if he was on drugs.
It all sounds like a case for the "Grey's" gang. But do illnesses like this really exist? "Yes, there are such disorders with problems falling asleep, staying asleep, adhering to a sleep schedules as well as sleep-disruptive sleep behaviors," says Dr. Charles Sophy, a psychiatrist and medical director for the L.A. County Department of Children and Family Services (who has not treated Justin).
Dr. Sophy says most severe sleep problems will likely need to be checked out in a sleep lab, where pros can monitor "brain, heart, and lung functions" and other reactions. "In [Justin's] case, the behavior leading to the admission into in-patient care does seem to be extreme," the doctor said. "As in all of these types of symptoms, substance use must be on the list of possible causes." Added the doc, "It does seem, however, that if exhaustion for this individual played a role, he could need just a plain old break."
Here's hoping Justin gets some shut-eye soon.
Have you ever suffered from insomnia? What keeps you up at night?