Do you have trouble sleeping?
You’re not alone. Insomnia is a sleep disorder that affects millions of people. It can make it hard to fall and stay asleep. Insomnia can cause daytime sleepiness, difficulty concentrating, and irritability.
There are many things you can do to help get a good night’s sleep. This article will discuss some of the best ways to treat insomnia.
What is insomnia?
Insomnia is the inability to fall asleep or to stay asleep. Insomnia often leads to fatigue, irritability, and difficulty focusing during the day.Both men and women are affected, but women are more likely to have insomnia. Because more women live alone, they may be more likely to have insomnia than men. About 25 million Americans suffer from insomnia.
What Causes Insomnia?
Insomnia is caused by a wide variety of factors, including:
– Pain and discomfort that prevent people from sleeping.
– Being too tired to go to sleep.
– Unhealthy habits that cause sleep problems.
– What you eat before bedtime.
– Certain medications.
– Some medical problems.
– A substance that causes drowsiness.
– Changes in hormones during pregnancy.
– Changes in hormones during menopause.
– Other sleep disorders. (for example, Sleep Apnea)
What are the symptoms of insomnia?
Insomnia Symptoms Include:,- Difficulty falling asleep,- Difficulty staying asleep,- Difficulty staying awake.- Difficulty waking up.- Having trouble getting back to sleep if you wake up during the night.- Having difficulty getting back to sleep if you wake up early in the morning.
Most of the time, insomnia is caused by a combination of factors. The most common causes are:,- Stress,- Anxiety,- Depression,- Physical illness.- Alcohol or substance abuse.- Sleep apnea.- Circadian rhythm issues.
What other problems can insomnia cause?
Insomnia can cause daytime sleepiness and a lack of energy.
It also can make you feel anxious, depressed, and irritable.
You may have trouble focusing on tasks, paying attention, learning, and remembering.
Insomnia also can make you feel drowsy while driving..
Daytime sleepiness can cause you to fall asleep while driving, start driving erratically, or fail to react to other cars.
What are the treatments for insomnia?
Treatment of insomnia is based on the cause and severity of the problem. If you have stress-related insomnia, reducing the stress in your life may help.
Your doctor may recommend sleeping pills, herbal teas, or other medications to help you fall asleep. If you have sleep-related breathing problems, your doctor may recommend a sleep study.
If you have depression, your doctor may recommend psychotherapy or medicine to help you feel better.
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Studies show that Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is an effective treatment for insomnia. We provide CBT and other therapies to help you overcome your insomnia. Please give us a call or send an email to learn how we may be of assistance to you (908-857-4422 or firstname.lastname@example.org). We are here to help!
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For more information about sleep problems: Mayo Clinic on Sleep Disorders