Insomnia is a very common problem that affects the sleep of many people and as a result, their quality of life. Insomnia’s characteristics are variable and may be different for everyone.
What is Insomnia?
Insomnia is a sleep disorder in which a person is unable to fall asleep or stay asleep. This can either be a short term or long term issue but its length is often dependent on the cause. Insomnia can happen on its own or as a secondary issue to another sleep disorder such as restless legs syndrome.
What are the Causes of Insomnia?
- Changes in your emotional health – is stress, depression or anxiety, your emotional health plays a big part in your ability to relax and wind down to sleep.
- Bad Habits – Bad habits such as using electronic devices too close to bedtime, not having a regular bedtime and caffeine consumption can prevent you from getting the sleep you need.
- Environment Changes – Your sleep pattern can easily be interrupted by the change in bed, or light and noise leading to sleepless nights.
- Poor Diet and Exercise – If you are consuming too much caffeine, sugar or alcohol that could play a factor in your ability to sleep. Also, if you do not get around to the proper amount of physical activity each day you may be unable to get restful sleep.
Diagnosis & Treatment for Insomnia
Since insomnia is not actually a disease and more so a symptom, there is no actual test for it. Insomnia is most often a result of another issue. Even though there is no actual cause of this, it is still important to pay your sleep specialist a visit as well as your general practitioner in order to get to the root of the problem and make sure you are in good health. Treatment is dependent on its cause and can range from lifestyle changes to medication.
Schedule a Consultation
If you are located in the Denver and Lone Tree area and you are having trouble sleeping, give us a call to schedule an office evaluation. Associates of Otolaryngology is ready to help you find your individual treatment plan.