Do you have difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep, returning to sleep, or a combination thereof? If so, you may be experiencing insomnia, which is the most common sleep disorder in the United States. As many as 40 million Americans suffer from it every year. Although it can affect men and women and children of all ages, it tends to be more prevalent in women and older adults.
Sleep is vital to the proper functioning of practically every other system in our bodies. Without adequate, restful sleep, you can be at a higher risk for developing other conditions, such as hypertension, obesity, depression, and anxiety, to name a few.
Types of Insomnia
Acute insomnia occurs suddenly and briefly, lasting from one night to a few weeks, and is often due to a particular circumstance, such as an upcoming important or stressful event.
Chronic insomnia, on the other hand, is when you have sleep trouble falling, staying, or returning to sleep at least three nights per week for at least three months straight.
Additionally, there are two types of insomnia: primary and secondary insomnia. Primary insomnia is not linked to any other health condition while secondary insomnia can be the result of another condition such as asthma, depression, arthritis, cancer, heartburn, pain, medication, or substance use.
At Spectrum Behavioral Health, we can find a solution to help you get a restful night’s sleep. We will work with you to understand your medical history, as well as any lifestyle habits and patterns that may be affecting your sleep. Treatment will vary depending on the cause of your condition, if your insomnia is a result of an underlying health condition, treating the condition may resolve your insomnia. We may also recommend behavior changes, medication, therapy, and other health practices that may improve the likelihood of getting a good night’s rest.
For more information on insomnia and our treatment options or to schedule an appointment, please contact our office today.