Insomnia: a mind running when it should be sleeping
Insomnia is a common sleep disorder that makes it difficult to fall or stay asleep. When suffering from insomnia, you lay in bed throughout the night unable to finally switch off and find rest. Further symptoms include:
- Waking up too early
- Not feeling rested
- Waking up and not being able to fall back asleep
The effect of insomnia carries over into daytime, depriving you of energy, diminishing your attention span and increasing anxiety. Because sleep is such an essential component of wellness, not being able to find your 7-8 hours of restful sleep every night affects every corner of your health.
Why are women more likely to have insomnia than men?
Women are more likely to suffer from insomnia because of hormonal changes during the menstrual cycle; furthermore, hormonal changes associated with menopause are likely to increase your chance of suffering from insomnia with age. Other conditions that cause insomnia which are more common in women include:
These medical conditions cause secondary insomnia, meaning that your insomnia is actually a side-effect of a different condition; therefore, it is different from primary insomnia, which is its own condition.
What to do about insomnia in Passaic
At Ahkami Medical Group, we recognize the importance of sleep as a cornerstone of wellness. We will do everything in our power to help you sleep better: once you have a diagnosis of primary or secondary insomnia, there are several avenues of treatment available to you. If there is a particular health problem causing your secondary insomnia, we want to detect and set a course to treat that condition first. From here, we offer counseling on lifestyle adjustments which affect your ability to fall and stay asleep, as well as natural methods for finding sleep more easily. We also offer access to sleep-aiding medication if deemed appropriate and can provide referrals to cognitive specialists who provide cognitive behavioral therapy that can help change the way you sleep.
We take into account every detail of the spectrum that contributes to your sleep health, and put together a multi-dimensional plan that will help you find the restful sleep you need in your busy world. If you are interested in getting the sleep you need to function your best, give our office in Passaic a call to schedule an appointment today.