Insomnia is a common complaint from patients. Insomnia or inability to fall asleep or stay asleep is a complex issue that can be caused by many things. A thorough and complete history is vital to determining the cause of the problem.
Commonly sugar imbalances are the cause. If sugar does not remain steady throughout a fasting state (when you sleep) it can cause a fluctuation in hormones, which could cause non-restful sleep. Anxiety and stress can also cause the mind to have difficulty quieting down and allowing us to fall asleep. A disruption of normal sleep patterns for any number of reasons can cause disruption of the body’s circadian rhythm and disrupt the ability to sleep.
Sleep disturbances are frequently a symptom of underlying problems. Thyroid dysfunctions as well as other hormonal imbalances in women and male hormone fluctuation can cause insomnia. Sinus congestion and structural problems with the trachea that can cause sleep apnea and prevent you from staying asleep.
Pharmaceutical treatments for insomnia should be used for very short periods of time, while a cause of insomnia is looked into. Long term use of sleeping medications, even over-the-counter, can lead to more severe sleep problems later on.
Sleep is vital not only to our mental health, but to proper physiological function of the body. So, if you are not sleeping well let us help you get to the root of the problem and allow you to get the quality sleep you need to stay healthy.