Insomnia is commonly defined as a condition in which you have trouble falling asleep, staying asleep, or both. It can be mild to severe depending on how often it occurs. It can be chronic or acute depending on how long it lasts.
Is Insomnia the same for everyone?
No. Although people require differing amounts of sleep, anyone suffering from insomnia wakes feeling unrefreshed and often has difficulty functioning throughout the day. Insomnia can affect your mood, health, relationships, job performance and your overall ability to enjoy life.
Are there different types of insomnia?
Yes. In addition to varying in terms of occurrence, there are two types of insomnia. Primary insomnia is believed to be brought on more from everyday life, such as travel or work schedules, stress, diet, emotional issues, etc. Secondary insomnia can be a result of an underlying health issue or caused by medications, environment, or diet.
Who is most apt to suffer from Insomnia?
Insomnia occurs in all ages. However, it appears to affect women more than men. A possible reason for this could be due to hormonal issues. It also becomes more common as people age.
How is it treated?
As with any medical problem, talk to your doctor about your symptoms and ask for his/her advice. Finding the solution to Primary insomnia may require keeping a journal of your activity and habits in the evening. Some common remedies for Primary insomnia include changing lifestyle issues such as darkening your bedroom, going to bed and getting up at a consistent time each day, exercising earlier in the day, removing any stimuli from your bedroom such as a TV and “winding down” before going to bed. Behavior therapies are often recommended as the first line of treatment. Cognitive Behavioral Relaxation Training (CBT), Biofeedback and Stimulus control are examples of some therapies commonly suggested.
The treatment of Secondary Insomnia begins with diagnosing and treating any medical or mental health issues that might be affecting your sleep.
What about sleep medication?
In some cases, a doctor may prescribe a sleep medication. Prescription medications often come with unwanted side-effects that should be considered before using. Over the counter sleep aids are generally meant to be used occasionally and short term. They also may have side effects. If you would like to explore more natural treatment options for insomnia such as herbs or supplements, schedule an appointment with us and we’ll go over some alternatives for treating insomnia.
If you are suffering from loss of sleep and want help, call us today at (732) 366-1000to discuss your options and start waking up refreshed and ready to enjoy life! We look forward to hearing from you!