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Insomnia Treatment Options: Sleep Specialist and at Home Solutions

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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.

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Can’t Sleep? Common Causes and Reasons

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Do you ever find yourself complaining, “I’m having trouble sleeping” or “I can’t sleep”? If so, you’re not alone. In fact, you’re not even among a small but distinguished group of unfortunates. According to the American Sleep Association (ASA), a pretty massive number of adults in the U.S. are bad at getting enough shuteye.

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Health Consequences of Untreated Insomnia

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If you’re one of the 70 million Americans who experience insomnia from time to time, you probably are familiar with at least a few of the side effects that come from sleep deprivation.

 

Puffy eyes, dark circles, dizziness, slow decision-making (or poor decision making), dry eyes, headaches, nausea. These are just a few of the issues you may have the day after just one sleepless night.

 

But what if you accumulate a series of sleepless nights? The sleep debt you create by under-sleeping on a regular basis gets bigger and bigger, to the point where you can’t ever fully repay your body the sleep it needs to run properly. 

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Is It Insomnia? (Diagnosis and the Sleep Specialist)

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If you’re having trouble falling asleep or staying asleep, you may have insomnia. But how can you know for certain that a sleep disorder—or this particular sleep disorder—is to blame for your lack of sleep?

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What Is Insomnia? (Signs and Symptoms)

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Most of us are familiar with classic insomnia: a temporary period of time during which, for whatever reason, we just can’t fall asleep or stay asleep. In fact, insomnia is very common. According to the Centers for Disease Control, up to 70 million Americans are dealing with it to some degree, with a staggering one out of three adults getting less than the necessary minimum amount of nightly sleep.

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Tips For How To Deal With 3 AM Insomnia

Kristen Havens

You may not think you have insomnia; after all, you have no trouble feeling exhausted and drifting off to sleep when your head hits the pillow. But night after night, you find yourself awake and staring your alarm clock at about the same time: 3:00 A.M. Why does this keep happening, and is there anything you can do to stop it?

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Is vaping a better option than smoking at bedtime?

Kristen Havens

Many e-cigarette users enjoy the nighttime ritual of one last puff before bed. Before enjoying those flavored e-cigs, you may want to read up on vaping and what exactly it is you're inhaling. The sleep-stealing components of e-cigarette vapor may surprise you. 

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How can sleep benefit from massage therapy?

Tamara Kaye Sellman, RPSGT, CCSH

Insomnia, as we've discussed at this blog previously, leads to problems with intense fatigue and cognitive "fog," as well as adverse influences over mood, if it becomes chronic and remains untreated.

However, according to research gathered by the American Massage Therapy Association and endorsed by the National Institutes of Health, massage therapy can be a terrific solution for addressing insomnia.

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Why is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) recommended for insomnia?

Tamara Kaye Sellman, RPSGT, CCSH

What is the treatment you first think of for managing insomnia?

Most people automatically think of hypnotic sleep aids like Ambien as the go-to treatment for sleeplessness.

However, a non-drug therapy for insomnia called CBT-i is poised to be the most effective and common way to treat insomnia.

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Did you know? Stubborn insomnia may actually be sleep apnea

Tamara Kaye Sellman, RPSGT, CCSH

Recent research suggests that those with stubborn insomnia—who have not responded to a variety of drugs and therapiesmay not have insomnia at all.

Another stealthy sleep disorder, obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), may actually be to blame.

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