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  • Insomnia

    General overview of the service:

    Insomnia is a common sleep disorder that can be caused by a variety of factors – lifestyle, unhealthy sleep habits, as well as psychiatric or medical conditions. Insomnia is “disturbed sleep,” and it takes many forms. Every person’s pattern is slightly different.

    Insomnia

    Insomnia also affects your quality of life. Because you are deprived of restful sleep, you feel tired the next day. Insomnia saps your energy, affects your mood, and takes a toll on your health, work, and relationships.

    It’s important to learn exactly what is causing your sleep disturbances, so treatment will be effective on getting you a good night’s sleep – every night.

    How the service is done:

    Your health practitioner will ask a number of questions about your sleep pattern, and your lifestyle. This will help determine the right treatment. Insomnia can have various causes, so it’s important to understand your nighttime pattern.

    Symptoms of insomnia may include:

    • Difficulty falling asleep.
    • Waking up several times during the night.
    • Waking up early and not being able to get back to sleep.
    • Feeling tired and unrefreshed by sleep.
    • Difficulty concentrating during the day.
    • Irritability and depression.
    • Tension headaches.
    • Gastrointestinal problems.

    Anxiety, stress, and depression can cause insomnia. Lifestyle habits, including too much caffeine and too little exercise, can also cause chronic insomnia. Using electronic devices close to bedtime also upsets sleep. In some cases, a medical condition or a medication might be the cause of insomnia.

    What methods are used:

    You may be asked to keep a sleep diary to track your sleeping patterns more closely. Various tests can also help, including an overnight sleeping test that records sleep patterns. A small, wrist-worn device called an actigraph can also measure movement and sleep-wake patterns.

    If your health practitioner diagnoses insomnia, you will be educated in specific ways to improve your sleep. This often involves changing lifestyle and sleep habits.

    In some cases, a sleep medication is helpful. Your health practitioner will provide a prescription if appropriate.

    Are there any side-effects:

    Sleep medications do have side effects, and your health practitioner will explain them to you.

    Follow-up treatments or next steps:

    Your health practitioner will advise you on follow-up steps.