At some point in your life you may experience a bout of sleeplessness, also known as insomnia. For some people the condition is acute and their sleep is only affected for a few days or weeks. However, there are some people who experience chronic insomnia and have trouble falling or staying asleep, or sometimes both. Because of this they often find themselves exhausted upon waking and tired throughout the day.
Chronic forms of insomnia can lasts for months or longer and some cases are caused by secondary sources such as medication, medical conditions or sleep disorders. However, stress and emotional issues can also cause insomnia.
Those with insomnia feel sleepy and lethargic throughout the day. This, in turn can make you feel anxious or irritable. Those with insomnia may find themselves distracted or unable to concentrate, which can affect work or school life. Feeling exhausted and tired all day can also impair the insomniac’s ability to drive, which can increase the likelihood of an accident.
Insomnia is a serious sleep disorder that should not be ignored or treated lightly. If you are concerned that you may have insomnia we offer a variety of diagnostic procedures to pinpoint what is causing your sleep disturbances. When you come in for an evaluation we will discuss your symptoms, your medical history and any medications you are taking. If the cause of your insomnia is unknown we may also perform a polysomnography (PSG), or a sleep study, which we use to diagnose your sleep disorder. A PSG records your brain waves, oxygen levels, heart rate, and respiration and eye movement while you sleep.
Here at our sleep clinic we are open seven days a week to accommodate our sleep disorder patients. If we recommend that you have a PSG, we will most likely have you stay overnight for evaluation. Our state-of-the-art facility offers comfortable bedrooms as well as bathrooms, showers and a kitchen. Your PSG results will help us diagnose whether you have sleep-related breathing problems, seizures, movement disorders or narcolepsy that could also be the cause of your insomnia. From there we can decide the best course of treatment to help improve the quality of your sleep.