Insomnia refers to a pattern of insufficient sleep quality or quantity related to difficulty initiating sleep, maintaining sleep, or both. Insomnia can be short term meaning it lasts for a few days to a few weeks. Short term insomnia is usually caused by an identifiable factor such as change in environment or higher amounts of stress. Chronic insomnia refers to insomnia that lasts for at least three months. Chronic insomnia may be associated with certain medications, alcohol, or substances as well as certain medical and psychiatric disorders. It is important to distinguish between insomnia, chronic sleep insufficiency, and sleep-wake disorders.
Diagnosis and Treatment
If you or someone you know may be suffering from insomnia, please make an appointment with our certified sleep physician. A consultation for insomnia will include review of medications, evaluation of your sleep pattern using a sleep log, sleep environment evaluation, and a physical exam. Sometimes simple adjustments in sleep environment, schedule, or medications are sufficient to decrease insomnia. In more complex cases, medications may be necessary to help ensure you are getting to sleep and staying asleep without difficulty.