It is typical to have a sleepless night every now and then, especially during times of stress. If you consistently have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep, you may have insomnia. Dr. Rachel Rosen at Elkins Park Family Medicine in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania, offers diagnosis and treatment for sleep disorders like insomnia. If you are ready for a good night’s sleep, call to schedule an appointment today.
Insomnia is a sleep disorder that makes it difficult to both fall asleep and stays asleep, even when you are tired and in ideal conditions to promote sleep. Insomnia is categorized as either acute insomnia or chronic insomnia, depending on how long your symptoms last. Acute insomnia may last a night or two, particularly when you are dealing with a stressful event. Chronic insomnia disrupts your sleep at least three times a week and lasts for at least three months.
The most obvious symptoms of insomnia are trouble falling asleep or waking in the middle of the night. However, a number of other symptoms could indicate that your sleep is disrupted, even if you do not have noticeable issues with falling asleep and staying that way. These symptoms include:
Insomnia can be caused by a variety of factors.
Stress is a major contributing factor to insomnia. Worries about work or school or traumatic events, like the loss of a loved one, can disrupt your sleep. Mental health disorders, such as depression and anxiety, can also cause insomnia. Other disorders like sleep apnea or restless legs syndrome can also interrupt your sleep.
Sometimes your work schedule can disrupt your sleep. If you work nights or swing shifts, the lack of routine can make it difficult for you to fall asleep when you have the opportunity.
Your diet can also contribute to insomnia. For example, if you eat too late at night, you may experience acid reflux or feel too full to get comfortable. Similarly, caffeine, nicotine, or alcohol late at night can disrupt your normal sleep patterns.
Poor sleep habits, like an irregular bedtime, too much screen time before bed, or using your bed for work or entertainment like watching TV, can also make falling asleep difficult.
Dr. Rosen works with you to diagnose the potential causes of your insomnia and then offer treatments to help resolve the underlying issue. She may suggest lifestyle modifications and/or medications to improve your sleep.
If you are suffering from insomnia, call to schedule an appointment today.
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