Tips to see if someone you love suffers from insomnia

Have you ever found yourself tossing and turning, and not being able to fall asleep? You’ve tried watching movies, reading books and drinking teas, but nothing helps. While one of the most common sleep complaints is insomnia, it is important to seek treatment immediately. Whether it is you or your friend that suffers from insomnia, don’t ignore it. Let’s take a closer look at insomnia.

What is Insomnia?

Insomnia occurs when you have trouble falling asleep, staying asleep or do not feel refreshed in the morning—that’s the worst! The causes, symptoms and severity of insomnia will typically vary from person to person that suffers from insomnia, but might often include the following:

  • Difficulty falling asleep
  • Difficulty staying asleep through the night
  • Waking up too early in the morning
  • Poor quality of sleep
  • Feeling tired in the morning

When someone suffers from insomnia it can impact nearly every aspect of their life. Because of this, it is important to identify and treat this condition when it arises—don’t ignore it.

The Causes and Symptoms

Symptoms will vary from person to person that suffers from insomnia, but many times the symptoms can be similar. Some of the symptoms of insomnia might be:

  • Daytime sleepiness
  • Frustration or worry about your sleep
  • Problems with attention, concentration or memory
  • Extreme mood changes or irritability
  • Lack of energy or motivation
  • Poor performance at school or work
  • Tension headaches or stomach aches

Additionally, insomnia can often be associated with another condition or factor. However, it is rare that insomnia is not caused or worsened by other factors, including the following:

  • Stress
  • Other sleep disorders
  • Medical conditions
  • Mental disorders
  • Medication or substance use or abuse
  • Environmental factors
  • Habits or lifestyles

Whether you are suffering from one of the above factors or conditions, or are simply experiencing the symptoms listed, it is important to not ignore your insomnia. Seek medical attention immediately so you can get a better night’s sleep.

What are the Treatment Options for someone who Suffers from Insomnia?

Treating insomnia will vary from person to person depending on its underlying cause. If you suffer from chronic insomnia, a board-certified sleep medicine physician may recommend any combination of the following treatments:

  • Sleep hygiene
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy for insomnia
  • Medications

On the other hand, insomnia can be triggered by sleep apnea, which can also be treated with oral appliance therapy. Since inso is such a common condition, most people can find a treatment plan that works for their individual case.

Talk with your primary care physician or a Snoring Isn’t Sexy dentist today for more information on insomnia and sleep apnea treatment options that are available, so you can get a better night’s sleep!

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