Insomnia and Sleep Disturbances

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Do you ever find yourself awake at night staring at the ceiling? Do you sometimes lay in bed worrying all the while struggling to fall asleep? Or maybe you have difficulty staying asleep and find yourself waking up in the middle of the night and have trouble getting back to sleep, or you simply wake up earlier than you'd like, but find it impossible to go back to sleep.

If any of these examples sound like something you've experienced, chances are that you've had some form of insomnia, and depending on how often this happens to you, your restless nights could be sign of a serious sleep disorder.

Why Is Insomnia Bad for You?

Many people with insomnia report daytime problems such as feeling tired, daytime sleepiness, low energy, difficulty concentrating, irritability, grogginess, depression, forgetfulness​​​​​​, decreased performance at work or school, having accidents at work or while driving fatigued, and overall decreased quality of life.

Causes of Insomnia

Insomnia can be caused by many factors, including:

  • Excessive worry

  • Stress

  • Receiving bad news

  • Jet lag

  • Shift-work

  • Illness

  • Emotional or physical discomfort

  • Environment noise, light, or temperature

  • Stimulants such as nicotine, caffeine, and alcohol

  • Taking naps during the day

  • Poor sleep habits

  • Certain medications

  • Depression

  • Anxiety

  • Chronic stress

  • Pain or discomfort at night

  • Other medical and psychiatric conditions

Other sleep disorders, including sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome (RLS), narcolepsy, and circadian rhythm disorders may require sleep study to get at the root cause.

Treatment of Insomnia

Occasional insomnia often requires no treatment and symptoms usually go away on their own. People who regularly suffer from insomnia and feel that their symptoms are impacting their daily lives should seek treatment.

At Family Psychiatry, Counseling and Wellness we provide multiple methods to treat your sleep disturbance:

  • Treatment of underlying condition

  • Behavioral therapies

    • Cognitive and behavioral approaches

    • Relaxation and meditation techniques

    • Breathing exercises

    • Teaching sleep hygiene practices

  • Natural remedies

    • Supplements and minerals

    • Herbs and teas

If insomnia is chronic and severe, we may recommend treatment with prescription medications such as benzodiazepine hypnotics, non-benzodiazepine hypnotics, and melatonin receptor agonists.

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If you are experiencing symptoms of mental or physical distress and would like to discuss your treatment options, schedule an appointment with one of our providers today by using our online form or by calling (805) 341-3416 during normal business hours.

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