Insomnia Is Treatable

What Is Insomnia?

Simply put, insomnia is defined as having trouble sleeping for over a month. If you feel this applies to you, don’t feel alone. Around 50% of Americans report having difficulties falling asleep at night.

Do I Have Insomnia?

As stated before, if you are having trouble falling asleep for more than a month, it is probably insomnia. However, it can sometimes be a symptom of a different problem like sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome, or something else. Insomnia can have various immediate and long term effects, for example:

  • Mood swings
  • Lack of focus
  • Memory loss
  • Daytime tiredness
  • A weakened immune system
  • Higher stress levels
  • Buildup of brain proteins that can possibly lead to Alzheimer’s.
  • Spikes in the hormone called ‘ghrelin’ which can lead to obesity
  • Increased risk of
    • Heart Disease
    • Stroke

If you are experiencing these symptoms, it would be wise to consider consulting a physician or contacting Northstate Sleep Therapy for more information.

How Can I Overcome Insomnia?

If your insomnia is a result of a sleep disorder like sleep apnea then some of the suggestions below may not be effective. The best option would be to consult with your physician or Northstate Sleep Therapy to diagnose and consider treatment options. Below are some suggestions that can help fight off insomnia.

Set a sleep schedule.

→ Trying to go to sleep at different times each night can disrupt your body’s sleep routine.

30 minutes of moderate exercise per day.

Don’t allow backlit devices into your bedroom.

→ Backlit devices or lights shining into your eyes at night can hinder the production of the hormone melatonin which can seriously interrupt your sleep.

Don’t nap late in the day.

Natural light during the day. Dim the lights during the night.

→ Exposure to natural light during the day can help you stay awake. But during the evening times, bright lights can cause your body to fend off sleep. So dim the lights or turn them off altogether.

Contact us to set up a consultation or to find out more.