Can’t sleep? You’re not alone. Surveys of the general population suggest that 49% of adults have brief periods of difficulty sleeping at some time in their lives. For about 10% of people, insomnia may be a serious and persistent problem with consequences for health and quality of life. When patients have persistent difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep or waking too early, a diagnosis of insomnia needs to be considered. The consequences of ongoing poor-quality or insufficient sleep include daytime drowsiness, poor concentration and the inability to feel refreshed and rested.
Studies have also shown that those with chronic insomnia are more likely to experience major depression or develop an anxiety disorder when compared to the general population. In addition, people with insomnia are at higher risk for automobile accidents and poor job and school performance. No matter what type of insomnia you’re suffering from, you’ll find leading-edge solutions at Alamo Sleep Disorders Center in San Antonio, TX. Here you’ll be cared for by our medical staff, including physicians and psychologists who are board-certified in sleep medicine and our staff of highly trained and registered sleep technologists. Treatments may include medications or cognitive behavioral therapy, a treatment that focuses on changes in sleep habits and lifestyle. Our doctors can work with you to identify the treatment or combination of treatments that will be the most effective for you.
Types of insomnia.
To many, insomnia simply means the inability to fall asleep but insomnia is actually a much broader term that covers several different sleep disorders. Sleep researchers most often classify insomnia types according to the timing and frequency they occur. Thus, there is:
- Sleep-onset insomnia, where sufferers need 30 minutes or more in order to fall asleep (the average, according to sleep study researchers, is about 23 minutes).
- Sleep-maintenance insomnia, where sufferers awaken one or more times during the night and may need up to 30 minutes to fall back asleep after each awakening.
- Early morning awakening insomnia, where sufferers awaken before dawn and cannot go back to sleep.
- Transient insomnia, which can last for one to several nights and can be triggered by stress, excitement or travel across time zones (jet lag).
- Intermittent insomnia, generally caused by stress, which occurs sporadically over a long period of time.
- Chronic insomnia, which occurs almost nightly for a month or more and may be caused by many medical conditions from depression to heart disease.
Know the warning signs.
Symptoms of insomnia include excessive daytime sleepiness, general fatigue, irritability and poor cognitive function during the day. If you or a loved one is experiencing any of these symptoms, don’t just assume it’s nothing to worry about. Call Alamo Sleep Disorders Center at 210-340-1141 and schedule your consultation today. Request An Appointment