Overview

Insomnia is a common culprit of disrupted sleep, whether it causes you to wake up frequently in the night, wake up too early or not be able to fall asleep in the first place. Adults are recommended seven to eight hours of sleep each night, and any less could drain your energy, mood and health.

Some individuals only experience acute insomnia, with symptoms lasting days or weeks. Long-term — or chronic — insomnia can stay a month or more. Either form can be detrimental to your quality of life.

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Causes of Insomnia

There are often cases of insomnia in men and women, but women are at a higher risk. This condition can either be a primary problem or be caused by other underlying conditions, like:

  • Stress: Concerns over events or aspects of your life can persist in your mind before, after or during your sleep, resulting in insomnia.
  • Poor sleep habits: An irregular sleep schedule, eating and drinking a lot before bed, and an uncomfortable environment can all be causes of insomnia. Additionally, stimulating activities like watching TV or being on your phone can affect your circadian rhythm and, ultimately, your sleep quality.
  • Mental health disorders: Insomnia often occurs in individuals with anxiety or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Waking up too early and not being able to fall back asleep is linked to depression.
  • Medical conditions: Several medical conditions can disrupt your natural sleep. Some of these include asthma, chronic pain, diabetes and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
  • Medications: Some medications can cause unwanted wakefulness. Many over-the-counter options contain caffeine or other stimulants that keep your brain active.
  • Hormonal shifts: Causes of insomnia in females often include menstrual cycles, menopause or pregnancy.

Insomnia Symptoms

If you are experiencing any of the following, you may want to consider reaching out to a sleep specialist:

  • Consistent waking up in the night
  • Difficulty falling asleep
  • Waking up too early
  • Excessive daytime sleepiness
  • Difficulty focusing
  • Fatigue
  • Anxious about sleep
  • Irritable or depressed mood

Treating Insomnia

Treating Insomnia

Treating Insomnia

Short-term insomnia will often go away on its own, but long-term conditions may require some more treatment. After diagnosis, your doctor may suggest lifestyle changes that you can try to improve your sleep quality. These insomnia treatments, such as nighttime breathing exercises or yoga, can reduce stress.

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a common way to treat insomnia. This therapy helps you identify negative thoughts and behaviors contributing to sleep loss. Once discovered, you can replace these thoughts with something more positive, targeting the underlying sleep problem.

If CBT is inadequate, medications are also an option. However, unlike CBT, a sleeping pill won’t solve the underlying problem, resulting in the reoccurrence of insomnia. Medical practitioners often recommend only taking medications every once in a while. Otherwise, it is easy to depend on them.

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Let Advanced Medical Care Help You Sleep Soundly Again

At Advanced Medical Care, our experienced sleep specialist can offer insomnia symptoms treatment. Contact us today to find a treatment center near you in Queens or Brooklyn, NY, if you notice these insomnia symptoms and causes in your life.

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