An estimated 33-50% of American adults experience chronic insomnia. For many, sleeplessness comes and goes, but it’s a near-constant for others. At Sonoran Sleep Center, board-certified sleep medicine doctor Sarah Patel, MD, has years of experience diagnosing and treating insomnia. After an in-office exam, she can develop a custom care plan that helps you get a more restful night’s sleep. To make an appointment in Glendale, Arizona, call the office or book online today.
Insomnia is a condition that makes it difficult to fall or stay asleep. If you have insomnia, you might wake up throughout the night or spend hours tossing and turning. Almost everyone experiences insomnia occasionally, but it’s important to get professional help if you regularly feel exhausted.
Without intervention and treatment, insomnia may increase your risk of other health problems and affect your performance at work.
Symptoms of insomnia include:
As your insomnia gets worse, you might also experience difficulty concentrating or remembering things.
At Sonoran Sleep Center, Dr. Patel treats several types of insomnia, including:
Chronic insomnia occurs when you experience difficulty sleeping at least three times a week for three months or longer. This type of insomnia typically requires medical treatment.
There isn’t a single test to diagnose insomnia. Instead, Dr. Patel asks about your symptoms, including when they started, if they occur specific nights of the week, and if you experience fatigue during the day.
Next, Dr. Patel conducts a physical exam and orders blood work. Blood tests can rule out underlying medical conditions, like hormonal imbalances or anemia.
Dr. Patel might also ask you to keep a sleep diary for several weeks. A sleep diary is detailed account of time in bed, time you fell asleep, wake time and time out got out of bed. If you wake up during the night or have difficulty falling asleep, you track that information too.
Treatment of insomnia depends on various factors, including whether it’s short-term or chronic and the severity of your symptoms. Short-term insomnia usually responds to healthy lifestyle changes like eating a balanced diet, avoiding caffeine before bed, and exercising regularly.
If you have chronic insomnia, Dr. Patel might recommend cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBTi). CBTi teaches you how to calm your mind and pick up habits that promote sound sleep. Ultimately, the goal of insomnia treatment is to help you sleep through the night.
If you regularly experience insomnia, don’t wait to make an appointment at Sonoran Sleep Center. Call the office or book online today.