At Northshore Sleep Medicine, our insomnia specialists can diagnose and provide treatments for any sleep disorders that may be affecting your health and wellbeing.
If you feel like you may be suffering from insomnia, consider the follow possible symptoms:
- Sleepiness during the day
- General tiredness
- Problems with concentration or memory
- Worrying during the day about the upcoming night’s sleep
Who is affected by insomnia?
Did you know that insomnia can affect children as well as adults? Although it does become more prevalent as we age. Women report that they experience insomnia symptoms twice as often as men. At any given moment, nearly 50% of Americans are battling with insomnia. More than 10% have chronic insomnia that lasts for more than one month. Usually they have had insomnia for years.
How is insomnia diagnosed?
If you think you have insomnia, talk to your doctor. Because other sleep disorders can masquerade as insomnia, it is often prudent to have a consultation with one of our insomnia specialists. Your evaluation may include a physical exam, a medical history, and a sleep history. You may be asked to keep a sleep diary for a week or two, keeping track of your sleep patterns and how you feel during the day. Your sleep doctor may want to interview your bed partner about the quantity and quality of your sleep. In some cases, you may need special tests — such as an overnight sleep study — if your symptoms suggest that another sleep disorder is present.
How is insomnia treated?
Short-term or acute insomnia may not require treatment. Mild insomnia often can be prevented or cured by practicing good sleep habits (see Sleep Health Tips). If your insomnia makes it hard for you to function during the day because you are sleepy and tired, your doctor may prescribe sleeping pills for a limited time. Rapid onset, short-acting medications can help you avoid effects such as drowsiness the following day. Avoid using over-the-counter sleeping pills for insomnia since they may have undesired side effects and tend to lose their effectiveness over time.
In treating chronic insomnia, your insomnia specialist will first look at treating any underlying conditions or health problems that are causing it. If insomnia continues, cognitive behavioral therapy may be recommended. Behavioral approaches help you change habits that may be worsening your insomnia. Learning new behaviors can help promote sleep. Techniques such as relaxation, exercise, sleep restriction therapy, stimulus control and reconditioning may be useful.
Most of all, it’s important to get answers about your sleep problems. At Northshore Sleep Medicine, our Board Certified insomnia doctors can help you get the rest you need.
For more information or to set up an appointment, please call our office at 847-674-3600.