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Justin Chambers Has a Sleeping Disorder

Justin Chambers Has a Sleeping Disorder

Grey’s Anatomy star Justin Chambers, aka Dr. Alex Karev checked himself in to the psych ward at UCLA Medical Center this week, according to TMZ.

Justin checked into the same ward as Britney on Monday and checked out yesterday.

His rep says the 37-year-old actor was “exhausted and suffers from a sleeping disorder and went in voluntarily to get some help.” (This probably explains the dark circles under his eyes.)

Having five kids just might do that to ya. Get well soon, Justin!

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  • Ilove_me

    He seems like a nice guy, I hope he will get well soon.

  • bingo

    Oh poor thing. Sleep is so crucial, you would never know it until your not getting it. Hope he gets better!

  • Kendra

    Poor thing, yeah five kids will do that to you… I can’t even see how my mother took care of me and my sister and that’s obviously only two kids….geez…After two kids, I’m getting my tubes tied.

  • Ava

    um…when ur tired u take a vacation or go to a hotel. You Don’t check into a psych ward.

  • Natalie

    Crazy stuff.

  • JuLIA

    It probably wasn’t a big psych ward thing…probably just for evaluation…its just a part of the psych ward. It’s not like he went there for padded walls.


  • stephanie

    Hopefully he’ll get better soon =)

  • Nancy

    Brangelina take note. Those twins will finsih you off.

  • Amanda

    Aww that sucks, glad he is out now and back with his family, but he is such a private person, so it is a shame that this had to get out :(

  • Sam

    Greys is cursed

  • @ Ava

    What’s the point of checking into a hotel or going on vacation if he CAN’T SLEEP? At least at the hospital they can see if there’s something causing him not to sleep and they can give him medication/therapy to help with the exhaustion and sleeping disorder.

    I hope he gets well soon. He’s a really nice guy.

  • the_original_nika

    get well soon.

  • Reader

    I have a sleeping disorder . . . don’t see how that’s news.

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  • ME

    o 16th

  • shiva

    Ava he’s not just tired he suffers from cronic insomnia. I had it too – from my own experience after 2 weeks of sleep depravation you’re phisically and mentally exhausted & simply can’t function anymore

  • !?!Queen12!?!

    :( i realy hope he gets better.

  • kellygrrrl

    Here is my prescription:
    1. Birth Control
    2. several full-time nannies
    3. back-up birth control

  • The Arab Aquarius

    You know, we might joke about it and make fun of them, but sleeping disorder is a real serious problem and many people take meds and battle it. I think Britney’s is bringing focus to this problem, which is the only good thing coming out of her situation.

  • jamie

    I hope he gets well soon.

  • http://justjared Lips,tits,ass and Brad’s lap!

    Yeah right. Sleeping disorder my ass, he’s in denial. Can’t help ya buddie if you won’t admit the truth!!

  • marie

    Scary. I hope he’s okay. Pray for Britney.

  • Please

    Sleeping disorde? yeah right

  • sillyme

    Well, maybe what happened with Ledger is making some of these celebs realize they can’t play around with these prescription drugs, especially sleeping pills.

  • oakling

    Why wouldn’t he just go to a sleep clinic?

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  • Babysis

    I think the Thing with Heath made him face it.

  • chris

    He needs Promises or Betty Ford

  • Angie

    # 27 oakling @ 01/31/2008 at 10:05 pm

    Why wouldn’t he just go to a sleep clinic?

    The UCLA Medical Center (where Justin checked in) has a sleep clinic.

    I hope he gets better soon. He seems like such a private family man. It must suck to have this out in the media and have people assuming he’s crazy or has drug/alcohol problems.

  • Nicole m

    I suffer from insomnia. I can be up all night and sleep all day. Not fun.

  • kara

    I have a sleep disorder as well. Its bad news and I feel for him. Having too many kids is not the problem, some peoples’ brains are just too anxious and do not turn of when they need to. It is not the same as having too many kids and being physically exhuasted. It is a whole different issue and unless you have gone months with only a few hours of sleep a week, you have no idea what it is really like to be tired. I hope Heath Ledger’s death will help many people to seek treatment for this problem.

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  • hanni

    He is hot!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Ruth

    Why is someone’s private medical problem published all over the blogs? TMZ is the pits for publishing it and JJ, I love your blog but you didn’t have to post this one. Even actors have a right to privacy.

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  • tammy

    I hope he gets better soon :)

  • Didi

    psyche wards are the new rehab.

  • elodie

    i hope he’s ok now.

  • Didi

    Look seriously having 5 kids would drive anyone crazy. I have 4 kids and sometimes feel like slitting my wrists and spraying blood into the faces of passers-by.

  • luckyL

    Wow, that sucks. I hope he gets the help he needs. It looks like he can tell when he needs it. Someone inform Britney to stay in treatment because she still is oblivious to her own needs.

  • luckyL

    And no one goes to mental ward for just a sleeping disorder. Either way, he’ll be diagnosed by the proper authorities.

  • S.

    luckyL @ 02/01/2008 at 9:19 am

    And no one goes to mental ward for just a sleeping disorder. Either way, he’ll be diagnosed by the proper authorities.

    True, but if the episode of the sleeping disorder is accute and he has not been sleeping for more than 3 or 4 days depending on the person, it is wise and safe to seek medical attention. Sleep deprivation is used as a form of torture because it not only debilitates the person but it alters it’s perception of reality, and even induce psychotic episodes. Checking in to a facility was a very wise move for someone that has small children at home. Choosing UCLA over other facility was more likely a recommendation of his own physician than a personal choice.

    Hope all is better.

  • lula29

    This worries me.

    These days I’m suffering from bouts of insomnia and I don’t know why exactly. I haven’t had any real adverse affects from not wanting to sleep, but I can see how in the future this might cause me some real trouble.

    My uncle has narcolepsy which is another sleep disorder so maybe it runs in my family.

    Interesting . . . I hope he gets better soon.

  • luckyL

    #44 S. I find it hard to believe a medical doctor would recommend a patient to check into a mental ward rather than a sleep clinic that deals with issues like sleep deprivation and insomnia with expertise. A psyche ward is no joke. It is for those with mental illness period, not mental impairment due to a lack of sleep, like in the same way solitary confinement can induce depression and hallucinations.

    I agree with you in the aspect that a lack of sleep is a very, very serious issue. Two hours worth of sleep in two days results in a person basically functioning under the heavy influence of alcohol . I can’t imagine longer than that and the alterations in reality and resulting psychosis. However, sleep deprivation can lead to mental distress, it is not a clear disease. He obviously has something more serious or extreme than just a lack of sleep.

  • Nicole

    I don’t think just because he has 5 children that they are one of the reasons he doesn’t get that much rest. I have met parents with 2 children who look worned out and tired all the time. I hope he isn’t drinking or doing drugs. It’s sad that these actors work all these hours
    and they lose sleep, don’t eat, and don’t take care of themselves.
    Ever since the strike alot of the celebs have been having some major issues with themselves. I hope he gets better and the best of luck to him and to his family.

  • sheryl

    this guy is sleeping with his wife