The certified adult psychiatrists at Aura MD’s Houston office help patients to address the symptoms associated with insomnia, a common and highly treatable condition that many adults face today.
What Is Insomnia
Have you ever found yourself unable to sleep? Sometimes you might just have too much on your mind, or you might be anxious about upcoming events. But if you have a history of trouble falling asleep or staying asleep, or if you suffer from certain other mental or physical health conditions, you may be experiencing the symptoms of insomnia.
If you are unable to sleep properly for a period of several days or longer, you could be suffering from insomnia. Here at Aura MD, we have board-certified psychiatrists who can help you get to the root of your insomnia so that you can go back to enjoying a restful night of sleep every night.
Lack of sleep can affect your performance and productivity. This is because your body recharges on energy while it is in a sleep state. Sadly, in recent years, the statistic of chronic insomnia has increased and now affects about 30 to 60 percent of the population.
People who suffer from chronic insomnia experience a range of symptoms including fatigue, low energy levels, lack of focus and concentration, reduced productivity and performance, and more.
Unfortunately, insomnia may also be associated with other underlying conditions including respiratory issues, gastrointestinal disorders, neurological conditions, or sleep disorders like sleep apnea and restless leg syndrome.
Causes of Insomnia
Insomnia can be caused by varying problems, although many causes can be easily treated. Insomnia can be treated through medication and behavioral modification, depending on the cause of the problem.
Some of the common causes of insomnia include:
Use of Electronic Devices Before Bed
The widespread use of mobile devices, gaming consoles, and televisions in the bedroom has caused more people to shunt their sleep, thereby remodifying their body and its clock. The continuous use of smartphones, tablets, and other devices interferes with the brain’s urge to put the body to sleep and over time may lead to insomnia. Those using a blue light filter on their devices experience less eye strain and fewer cases of insomnia, although the use of electronics within the hour before bed is still a major tie in to insomnia symptoms.
Frequent Work Pressure or Travel
When individuals feel pressured from work circumstances, they may find themselves staying up later or waking up earlier, often with the intent of dealing with the problem.
When dealing with work stress in the long term, it starts to become normal to get less sleep. Those who travel for work or work long hours are the most likely to experience the symptoms of insomnia on a long term basis.
Eating Too Late
Our bodies are build to digest food in their own time, based on the metabolic rate of the individual. Eating late or partaking in late night snacking could be signaling to your body to put off sleep in favor of digesting a midnight meal. Cutting back on late night eating is an easy and effective method to add to any bedtime routine if you have been experiencing trouble falling asleep.
Underlying Medical Conditions
Insomnia may also be caused by certain underlying medical conditions. Here at Aura MD, we can help patients to get to the underlying causes of their mental illness in order to help them start to build an effective lifestyle and treatment plan that will negate the effects of conditions like anxiety, depression, and insomnia.
Discovering Treatment Options For Adult Insomnia
Getting a good night’s sleep is important to your mental and physical health. If you have been experiencing the symptoms of insomnia, consider contacting Aura MD. Our team of certified psychiatrists are compassionate and friendly individuals who want the best for your mental health. Book an initial consultation today and discover your path to mental wellness.