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What Is Insomnia?
When does a normal, passing sleep problem become insomnia? Many people know what it feels like to lie awake staring at the ceiling, wishing for sleep. This can happen when you travel and get jet lag, or when you're anxious and overwhelmed by life. But when does it become insomnia? People with insomnia have one or more of the following symptoms
What Causes Insomnia?
When you’re experiencing insomnia, what does that really mean? Our understanding of how our brains regulate sleep and wake has evolved. As a result, we are learning more about insomnia and what may cause it. The science of wake and sleep Your brain has a sleep system (which helps you sleep) and a wake system (which helps keep you awake).
How Does Your Doctor Test for Insomnia?
There is no definitive test for insomnia. Doctors use many different tools to investigate and measure insomnia symptoms, some of which involve asking you questions in the office, having you fill out logs and questionnaires, performing certain blood tests, or doing an overnight sleep study. All of these tests help your doctor understand your persona
When, Where, and How to Find Help for Insomnia
You should seek help if your sleeping difficulties have become a pattern, or if you often feel tired or not well rested during the day and it interferes with your daily life. Many people have brief periods of difficulty sleeping (for example, a few days after starting a new job). But if your sleeping difficulties last longer or have become a regula
Some Suggestions That May Help With Insomnia
There are psychological and behavioral techniques that can be helpful for treating insomnia. Relaxation training, stimulus control, sleep restriction, and cognitive behavioral therapy are some examples. You’ll learn about these techniques below. Some of these techniques can be self-taught, while for others it's better to enlist the help of
Practice Good Sleep Habits
If you've tried to apply sleep habit tips and relaxation exercises and still have trouble sleeping, call your doctor to talk about your sleep difficulties and other treatment options.
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