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Sleep is essential to a good quality of life. We’re here to help if lack of sleep is hindering you from being your best self. If you find yourself having trouble falling or staying asleep, you may have insomnia. Our sleep specialists offer advanced treatment and support so you can wake up in the morning feeling refreshed.

What is Insomnia?

Insomnia is a common sleep disorder that makes it difficult for you to fall asleep or stay asleep. It can also cause you to wake up too early and struggle to fall back asleep. Patients who experience insomnia may not feel well-rested during the day, which can affect health, work performance and general quality of life.

There are two different types of insomnia. Some people may experience short-term (acute) insomnia after stress or a traumatic event. This type of insomnia can last days or weeks. Long-term (chronic) insomnia typically lasts for 3 months or more.

Factors and Symptoms of Insomnia

Symptoms of insomnia can include:

  • Difficulty falling asleep
  • Difficulty staying asleep
  • Waking up too early and being unable to fall asleep again

While insomnia can be the primary problem, it can also be associated with other conditions, such as:

  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Travel or work schedule that disrupts the body’s circadian rhythm
  • Poor sleep habits, such as screen-time before bed
  • Eating too much late at night

Insomnia is also more common as a person ages. If you are 65 or older have insomnia, you may also be experiencing:

  • Changes in activity, both physically and social
  • Changes in sleep patterns
  • Changes in health
  • Increased medications than in previous years

Since good sleep is just as important as physical activity and a healthy diet, insomnia can cause health complications, including:

  • Delayed reaction time while driving
  • Mental health disorders, such as anxiety disorder or substance abuse
  • Decreased performance at school or at work
  • Increased risk of long-term diseases or conditions, such as high blood pressure and heart disease

Diagnosis and Testing for Insomnia

Diagnosis and testing for insomnia depends on a your unique situation and can include:

  • A physical exam to look for signs of medical problems related to insomnia, sometimes including a blood test
  • A review of your sleep habits
  • A sleep study if the cause of insomnia isn’t clear or there are signs of other sleep disorders, like sleep apnea or restless leg syndrome

Treatment for Insomnia

Insomnia that is caused by other medical conditions, issues or medications can be treated by addressing these first. In many cases, treating the root problem can help restore restful sleep.

If there is no underlying cause or treatment options don’t work, your doctor may recommend other options, including:

We want all our patients to experience the fullest quality of life – that includes getting restful sleep. The compassionate staff at Banner Health is here to help put an end to any sleep disorders you may be experiencing. If you suspect you may have insomnia, talk to your doctor today.