Insomnia Symptoms and Treatment Options

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According to reports from the National Sleep Foundation, approximately one in three adults exhibits symptoms of intermittent insomnia every year, and one in 10 suffers from severe chronic insomnia. Although it may seem like a mild condition, several studies have linked prolonged insomnia to degraded overall health and increased morbidity. Learn more about insomnia below and consider seeing a specialist at the Sunrise Hospital Accredited Sleep Center if you exhibit any symptoms:

Symptoms

Although each person’s individual sleep needs vary, the symptoms of insomnia manifest themselves clearly. Insomnia results in difficulty either initiating sleep or staying asleep and is classified into two categories:

  • Primary: Primary insomnia can be induced by stress, travel, work, or other interruptions in the body’s circadian rhythm. This type of insomnia is not affected by medicines or medical problems and can persist for prolonged stretches of time.
  • Secondary: Secondary insomnia is far more common and is often the result of factors such as depression, chronic medical conditions, poor sleeping environments, and certain foods and medications.

Studies show that insomnia is more prevalent in women due, in part, to hormonal changes associated with menstruation, pregnancy, and menopause.

Effects on Health/Lifestyle

Recent findings from a study in the SLEEP journal reported that men with chronic insomnia were four times more likely to die in the following 14 years. The effects of insomnia can manifest in the following ways:

  • Waking up tired.
  • Daytime sleepiness and general fatigue.
  • Loss of focus and memory.
  • Feelings of anxiety, depression, and irritability.

The cumulative effects of sleep deprivation can adversely affect your personal and professional lifestyle, as well as your physical health.

Treatment Options

Treatment options range from behavioral therapy to medications or surgery to address chronic medical conditions. A medical professional will be able to check a patient’s medical and sleep history and recommend the best treatment.

Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center features one of three accredited sleep centers in Nevada, and our certified physicians have the background and equipment to accurately assess the source(s) of your sleep problems. Call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (702) 233-5300 today for more information.

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