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Insomnia

Insomnia Q&A

What is insomnia?

 

Insomnia is a sleep disorder that hampers your ability to fall asleep, stay asleep, or return to sleep after interrupted sleep. Insomnia can be divided into two primary types:

Acute insomnia

Acute insomnia describes a brief period of sleep difficulties usually related to stressful situations in your life. This type of insomnia often resolves on its own without treatment.

Chronic insomnia

Chronic insomnia is a condition where interrupted sleep occurs at least three nights a week for several weeks. Several things contribute to chronic insomnia, including:

  • Shift work

  • New baby

  • Poor sleep habits

  • Underlying health conditions

  • Use of certain medications

You must get an accurate diagnosis for insomnia because going without quality sleep for too long can lead to chronic physical health conditions and mental health issues like depression and anxiety.

When should I seek treatment for insomnia?

 

If you have ongoing issues falling or staying asleep, Elevate medical recommends scheduling a comprehensive health evaluation as soon as possible.

 

Common signs you may need treatment for insomnia include:

  • Chronic fatigue

  • Mood swings

  • Difficulty concentrating and focusing

  • Waking up too early in the morning

  • Irritability and mood swings

  • Exhaustion

 

If your lack of sleep causes behavioral issues like anger or aggression, don’t delay an evaluation. The medical team takes time to review your lifestyle, health history, and existing health to rule out underlying medical conditions causing acute or chronic insomnia.

How is insomnia treated?

Treatment for insomnia begins with lifestyle changes targeted to refine your sleep patterns. This may involve:

  • Sticking to a regular bedtime

  • Waking at the same time every day

  • Limiting alcohol and caffeine before bed

  • Turning off electronics an hour before sleep

 

You should also ensure the temperature in your room is cool and the environment is dark to promote better sleep quality.

 

Our team of compassionate professionals at Elevate medical work closely with you to address underlying trauma, anxiety, and depression that may contribute to your insomnia. Through psychotherapy and possibly medications, they can help you reduce stress and better manage your thoughts and emotions, improving overall mental wellness.

 

Relaxation exercises such as deep breathing techniques and meditation can also help relax your body and make it easier to fall asleep.

 

If lack of a good night’s sleep has started affecting your physical and mental health, Elevate medical is the one-stop shop for your insomnia woes. Schedule a diagnostic evaluation online or by calling the office today.