Insomnia – What’s Keeping you awake at night?

sleepdisorderLiveMD looks into the issue of insomnia to find out what is keeping you from having sweet dreams tonight.

What is Insomnia?

Insomnia is a common sleep disorder that affects millions of people worldwide. It is the inability to fall asleep or to stay asleep throughout the entire night. Insomnia is a chronic condition and someone suffering from insomnia may not get enough sleep or may not feel refreshed when they awake.

What Causes Insomnia?

There are numerous different reasons that could cause a person to suffer from this disorder. Stress and anxiety are two of the primary contributing factors. A person with a hectic, stressful, unbalanced lifestyle may experience difficulty sleeping.

Certain medical conditions can also cause insomnia. Disorders such as depression, parkinson’s, alzheimer’s, chronic pain, menopause and hot flashes, thyroid problems, mineral deficiencies and restless leg syndrome can all affect the quality and duration of sleep.

What are the Effects of Insomnia?

People who suffer from insomnia can often feel the effects of a poor night’s sleep all throughout the day. It can cause daytime fatigue, an inability to function properly at work, the inability to drive or operate machinery, anxiety, trouble concentrating, irritability, mood swings and depression.  

Sleep is also a time that the body uses to regenerate itself. It uses this time to heal and create new cells. When our bodies experience a lack of sleep it could make us more susceptible to illness and disease.

How do I Know if I Have Insomnia?

The following are the most common signs and symptoms of insomnia:

  1. Lying awake for a long time before being able to fall asleep
  2. Waking up very early and not being able to fall back asleep
  3. Sleeping for only short periods of time with long periods of wakefulness in between
  4. Feeling restless during the night
  5. Experiencing extreme fatigue during the day
  6. Feeling as though you have not slept at all

What Treatment Options are Available for Insomnia?

There are many treatment options available for those suffering from insomnia and these options will differ depending on underlying cause. Often success can be found by simple diet changes and an exercise routine. Increasing one’s activity can often be enough to make it easier to fall asleep at night. Stress reduction techniques like yoga, breathing exercises and meditation can also help. There are also natural, herbal remedies that can provide relief such as melatonin and valerian and prescription drugs that promote sleep or act as a sedative to induce sleep.

If you are experiencing insomnia and need help getting a good night’s sleep, the team of doctors at are here to help. Through a live video chat, voice or a one-on-one text message conversation, we will be able to assess your symptoms and provide you with the treatment options that will best suit your needs. Rest easy tonight knowing that LiveMD is here to care for you.

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April 16th, 2016 by