Center Point Medicine
Pediatric Hypnosis and Counseling located in La Jolla, CA & Syracuse, NY
Insomnia Q & A
What is insomnia?
Insomnia is a prevalent sleep disorder where you struggle to fall or stay asleep. Most people experience acute insomnia occasionally when stress or illness makes it difficult for them to sleep. Chronic insomnia is when sleep is disturbed three or more nights a week for at least three months.
Some of the common symptoms of insomnia include:
- Trouble falling asleep
- Waking up throughout the night or too early
- Daytime fatigue
- Irritability or issues like depression and anxiety
- Poor concentration that can worsen attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
In addition to affecting your performance at work or school or impacting your relationships, chronic insomnia is also linked to other health issues like high blood pressure, heart disease, and obesity. When your sleep is consistently disrupted, you’re not rested and may find yourself relying on too much caffeine or eating more to stay awake during the day.
What causes insomnia?
There are many possible causes of insomnia. Stress is a common cause of disrupted sleep. Anxiety and depression often cause insomnia. Certain medications and health disorders — like some blood pressure drugs, an overactive thyroid, or pain — can interrupt regular sleep.
Your sleep hygiene plays a prominent role in how well you sleep. For example, if you eat late at night or consume a lot of caffeine or alcohol, you might not sleep well. Also, many people spend a lot of time watching television or using their tablets or computers before bed only to have the blue light emitted from the screens stimulate them into wakefulness.
How is insomnia treated?
There are many ways to treat insomnia. Lifestyle modifications like adjusting your diet and exercise habits and keeping a regular bedtime and wake-up time can help form a good foundation for healthy sleep.
In addition to recommending such lifestyle changes, Dr. Anbar and the team use hypnosis therapy to help you reach deep levels of relaxation and learn how to calm and relax yourself.
In addition to the relaxing effects of hypnosis, you’re also more open to suggestion while in a trancelike state. This can help you let go of or cope better with stressors that are keeping you awake or commit to the lifestyle changes necessary to improve your sleep.
Call or book an appointment online today for customized treatment to improve your sleep.
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