Insomnia

Everyone has trouble falling asleep sometimes, but when the condition happens repeatedly it can begin to affect multiple aspects of your life. Insomnia can impact your ability to function at school, in the work place, and even at home.

Symptoms of Insomnia

Insomnia can be defined as a number of different symptoms:

  • Having trouble falling asleep
  • Having trouble staying asleep
  • Waking up feeling unrested

Getting six hours or fewer of sleep for multiple nights in a row can also have an adverse effect on your health. Some of the conditions that can arise from insomnia include:

  • Fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Headaches
  • Gastrointestinal problems like stomach pain, heartburn, diarrhea, constipation, nausea, and vomiting

Causes of Insomnia

Hormonal imbalance can easily lead to insomnia. In particular melatonin, a hormone produced by your pineal gland can be over- or under- produced. Melatonin regulates your body's sleep cycle, orcircadian rhythm.

Similarly, insomnia can be a result of menopause in women or andropause in men.

Some other factors that could lead to insomnia are:

  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Medical conditions like chronic pain or respiratory problems

Insomnia Diagnosis

The first step in treating insomnia is to single out the reason it is happening. A typical insomnia treatment plan begins with a review of your current sleep patterns. During this consultation your doctor may discuss how frequently you wake up in the middle of the night, or how long it may take you to fall asleep. In some cases, a sleep diary is recommended to help log these patterns as they occur.

Another test which is specific to diagnosing insomnia could be performed in a sleep center. During an overnight visit, a sleep doctor can monitor factors such as brain waves, breathing, heartbeat, eye movement, and body movement while you sleep.

Insomnia Treatment

Sleep disorders need to be addressed from the perspective of lifestyle as well as hormonal and neurotransmitter imbalances. A complete history and physical as well as appropriate testing will usually reveal the correct avenue of therapy. A safe, effective way to treat insomnia is with bio-identical hormone replacement therapy, or BHRT. Unlike conventional hormone replacement therapy (HRT), BHRT treats insomnia by balancing your melatonin, estrogen or testosterone levels with hormones that are biologically identical to those your body produces.

Get Better Sleep

Sleep disorders can seriously diminish the quality of your life and If you're struggling with sleep and would like help to conquer it, please call (410) 266-3613.