You may have insomnia if you have trouble sleeping, having trouble staying asleep, or waking up too early in the morning and being unable to fall back asleep. If you wake up feeling tired, you may have insomnia. In addition to affecting your health, work performance and quality of life, insomnia can sap your energy and mood as well.
It may be insomnia as a primary problem or it may be a symptom of another condition. Sleep disturbances are usually caused by stress, life events, or habits that disrupt sleep. Sometimes insomnia can be resolved by treating the underlying causes, but sometimes it lasts for years.
Diagnosis and Treatment
Diagnosing insomnia and finding its cause may involve the following:
Physical examination- You doctor may conduct a physical exam to determine whether any medical conditions may contribute to insomnia if the cause is unknown. An occasional blood test may be conducted to check for thyroid issues or other conditions that may be linked to poor sleep.
Examine your sleeping habits- Your doctor may also ask you a few questions about sleep and complete a questionnaire to determine your sleeping pattern and how sleepy you are during the day. Keeping a sleep diary may also be required for a few weeks.
Sleeping habits can be changed and medical conditions or medications that cause insomnia can be addressed, restoring restful sleep to many people. For relaxation and sleep improvement, your doctor may recommend cognitive behavioral therapy, medications, or a combination of both.
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