• Insomnia Treatment Options: Sleep Specialist and at Home Solutions

    on Oct 25th, 2017

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Insomnia is the most common sleep disorder, affecting an estimated 30–50% of Americans at some time or another. This year alone, about 1 in 10 Americans will struggle with a period of sleeplessness.

If you have ever had insomnia, you know how frustrating it can be:

 

 

The experience of trying to sleep, and failing, can be psychologically grueling. But the health and wellness side effects of not sleeping enough are just as bad, if not worse.

 

Insomnia and Your Health


Insufficient sleep from insomnia accumulates over time. This unreplenished sleep debt deprives your body of necessary recovery and healing time and erodes at your physical and mental health. Untreated insomnia can affect:

 


These are just a handful of examples illustrating the importance of a good night’s sleep.  Numerous other health consequences can arise from untreated insomnia. Not sleeping can also take a serious toll on personal relationships.

 

When to See a Sleep Specialist for Insomnia

Insomnia can have many causes. Your sleeplessness may have its roots in a health condition that’s either known or unknown to you. Diagnosing and treating that condition may make your insomnia improve or disappear. 

It’s also possible that your insomnia is what’s called primary insomnia, with no obvious or known trigger or cause. About one in four insomniacs have this type of insomnia.  

Either way, if you’re struggling to sleep for a sustained period of time, seeing a sleep professional is wise. Chronic insomnia always has an underlying cause, and it’s usually either medical or psychological. A trained professional can help.

 

When should you see a sleep specialist?

If you’ve had insomnia several nights per week for at least three months, you may benefit from a consultation with a sleep physician. A sleep specialist can talk with you about your experiences, look at your medical history, and discuss the possibility of a sleep study to determine the cause or causes of your insomnia.

Knowing the causes helps your specialist create an insomnia treatment plan tailored to your needs.

 

Insomnia Treatment Options

Many approaches exist for treating insomnia. Some treatments are safe and easy to try at home on your own or with the consultation of a physician or sleep specialist. Others may require an exam or sleep study, a prescription, a referral to a specialist, and follow-up visits.

 

At-Home Treatments and Remedies

Sometimes, environmental and lifestyle factors may be triggering your insomnia. Addressing these can help to promote a sleep-friendly environment. Getting ready for bed in the right way can help signal your body and mind to get sleepy. Making general lifestyle changes can also remove impediments to sleep and help to keep your body in balance.



 

Time to See a Sleep Specialist

If you’ve tried the above at-home techniques and aren’t seeing much improvement in your sleep, it may be time to make an appointment to see a sleep specialist about your insomnia.

Your sleep specialist will take your medical history and talk to you about your symptoms. They may recommend a sleep study or other exams to rule out other causes for your sleeplessness, such as a different sleep disorder (like sleep apnea) or a medical condition, like pain or a respiratory issue.

If you are diagnosed with primary insomnia, your specialist may recommend one or more of the following to help treat it:

Insomnia isn’t hopeless. If you are struggling with it on your own and not seeing results, consider making an appointment to talk to a sleep specialist.

 

If you or a loved one is suffering from insomnia, Sound Sleep Health in Seattle can help! Call us at             (425) 279-7151 to schedule an appointment today!

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