Insomnia is the difficulty of falling asleep, staying asleep, and waking up too early in the morning. It is a common health problem that can cause daytime sleepiness and lack of energy.
Long-term insomnia can cause an individual to feel tired, depressed or irritable, anxiety, have trouble paying attention, learning, and remembering, and not be able to perform fully on the job or at school. Insomnia can affect all age groups, but it tends to increase with age.
What causes it? Anxiety, stress, and depression are all common factors that can cause insomnia. Eating too late at night, eating/drinking stimulating substances before bed or a disruptive bed partner who may have loud snoring or periodic leg movements (restless leg syndrome) may also cause insomnia for their partner. Others causes include sleep apnea or side effects from various medications.
What are my treatment options? A trip to your doctors office may result in a prescription for antidepressants or sleep medications are common treatment options. For the best results it is best to contact your health care provider to make sure you don’t have any underlying conditions that may be causing your insomnia.
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The most effective way to treat insomnia is to identify its cause. Acute and chronic stress are very common culprits as are neurotransmitter imbalances. Menopausal changes are often involved as are eating habits, not only at night but also throughout the day.
At KIH, we can assess what your particular problem area may be and provide you with a treatment plan to restore more healthy sleep patterns. This treatment may contain one or a combination of psychotherapy, natural supplementation, nutritional advice or further testing to identify any excess or deficiencies in your hormonal or neurotransmitter balance.
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