Insomnia Specialist
About 10% of adults in the United States have a chronic insomnia disorder, according to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. The Sound Sleep Health medical team of neurologists, sleep medicine specialists, and insomnia specialists have many years of experience treating patients with insomnia. If you have difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, you might have insomnia. Call the Sound Sleep Health team or book your appointment online to visit one of the three locations in Kirkland and Seattle, Washington.

Insomnia Q&A

What is insomnia?

Insomnia is a condition involving difficulty falling or staying asleep. Many people with insomnia experience poor quality sleep that negatively impacts their waking life.

People with insomnia also experience other symptoms, such as:

  • Fatigue
  • Low energy
  • Changes in mood and irritability
  • Cognitive impairment and difficulty concentrating
  • A decreased ability to perform daily tasks and activities

Duration often categorizes insomnia. Acute insomnia is brief, while chronic insomnia can be ongoing. Chronic insomnia is sleep that’s disrupted for at least three nights a week, and for at least three months.

What causes insomnia?

Life circumstances can often cause acute insomnia. For example, the stress and anxiety of an exam or a sad event can lead to a passing disruption in your sleep pattern. Usually, this brief insomnia is short-lived and can go away without treatment.

In cases of chronic insomnia where the disrupted sleep is ongoing and more frequent, various factors can cause it, including:

  • Certain medications
  • Unhealthy sleep habits
  • An unbalanced schedule
  • Certain medical conditions
  • Changes in the environment

Treatments for chronic insomnia are often recommended to help you gain better control over and improve your sleep schedule.

In many cases, sleep disorders can be linked to another medical or psychiatric complication.

What are the treatments for insomnia?

The Sound Sleep Health team use a unique approach to insomnia that is more in-depth than most practices. It involves a detailed assessment of your sleep habits and sleep environment.

You’ll be sent home with a special device that’s designed to measure in-depth information, such as: when you get ready for sleep, how long you sleep, when you wake up, and how many sleep cycles you go through.

The device also calculates a percentage for how long you’re in each sleep cycle, and what percentage of the time you’re awake rather than asleep. It also assesses how deeply you sleep.

Some machines can assess your sympathetic nervous system, and factors such as your blood pressure, body temperature, and heart rate.

In some cases, cognitive behavioral therapy is a recommended part of the treatment. The Sound Sleep Health medical providers are well integrated with a community of respected, cognitive behavioral therapy doctors they can refer you to.

If you’re dealing with insomnia, the Sound Sleep Health team can help. They offer a customized approach to treatment based on your lifestyle and individual needs. Call one of the offices today or schedule your consultation online.

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