The conversation about insomnia can be a long one, but let’s briefly overview some information on the topic

Insomnia is the most prevalent sleep disorder in the general population and it is defined as the inability to get to sleep or stay asleep, despite adequate opportunity for sleep resulting in daytime impairment.  Most individuals will experience short periods of insomnia at some point in their lives, usually associated with the stressors of daily life. Short term insomnia, which is defined as having symptoms for less than six months can frequently be relived temporary use of hypnotic medication.  Chronic insomnia, on the other hand, insomnia that has lasted more than six months is best treated by Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, otherwise known as CBT. CBT help an individual to identify barriers to sleep, providing suggestions for removing barriers and optimizing sleep habits. 

Frequently, sleep period misperception is a problem for those who have insomnia. This occurs when an individual perceives that they’ve obtained less sleep than what is seen by actigraphy, a form of sleep monitoring or in an overnight sleep study.    

Insomnia may also occur with other sleep or mental disorders, such as sleep apnea, nightmares, parasomnias, depression, and anxiety.

If you think you have insomnia please be sure to let you sleep clinician know, so that appropriate steps can be taken to relieve your symptoms. Thank you for participating in today’s discussion about insomnia. For more information, please visit Sleep Centers of Middle Tennessee or call 615-893-4896.

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