Nearly everyone experiences bouts of insomnia from time to time. However, if you have had difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep for more than a month, you should seek treatment at Neurology & Sleep Medicine in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Your body needs at least seven hours of quality sleep each night to repair and restore itself. Getting less sleep consistently puts you at a higher risk for a number of health conditions, including:
Insomnia also has more immediate consequences, such as lower cognitive functioning and diminished sense of emotional wellbeing.
Treatments for insomnia include:
Cognitive behavioral therapy
This treatment is specific to insomnia caused by anxiety. A counselor trained in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) may help you to retrain your thoughts and thinking patterns to relieve anxiety that prevents you from sleeping.
There are a variety of medications that may be used to treat insomnia. If insomnia is caused (or exacerbated by) a mental health issue, medication to treat that condition—e.g., depression or anxiety—may also treat insomnia. OTC and prescription sleep aids may also be an option to help you get to sleep.
If you have experienced insomnia for a month or more, it is important that you do not self-medicate. Sleep aids can actually negatively impact your health by robbing you of deep/REM sleep.
Your sleep and health are too valuable to leave chronic insomnia untreated. Dr. Senthil Ramasamy, board-certified sleep specialist, can help you find the treatment that allows you to get the restorative sleep you need. Contact Neurology & Sleep Medicine to schedule an initial consultation today.