Common symptoms of insomnia include trouble falling asleep at bedtime, waking up frequently during the night, and feeling sleepy the next day. Some patients with insomnia also experience mood swings, anxiety, or depression. Other symptoms include having trouble staying focused on tasks, having difficulty remembering things, and making more errors than usual at work or school. Insomnia can also cause patients to wake up too early.
Insomnia has several possible causes, including stress, poor sleep quality, and a late work schedule. Eating heavy meals or snacks before bedtime can also cause insomnia. Other causes include mental health problems, such as anxiety, and certain medical conditions, such as hyperthyroidism, diabetes, and asthma. Sleep-related disorders, such as sleep apnea, and certain medications, such as blood pressure medications, can also cause insomnia. The aging process also increases the risk of insomnia due to changes in sleep patterns and lower activity levels during the day.
Getting good quality sleep is an important part of staying healthy. Poor sleep or a lack of sleep can affect the immune system, which increases the risk of getting sick. Other complications that can occur when insomnia is left untreated include a decline in quality at work or school, a higher risk of getting into car accidents while driving, and an increased risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, and other health problems. Insomnia can also raise the risk of anxiety, depression, and other mental health disorders when it’s left untreated.
Dr. Wilkie provides patients with guidance and treatments to stop insomnia from occurring and promote restful sleep. Some patients might take herbal medicine, such as supplements containing chamomile, valerian root, or passionflower. These supplements contain herbs that help support healthy sleep. Dr. Wilkie also helps patients improve sleep hygiene, which involves making lifestyle changes to achieve better sleep. These changes include limiting naps during the day, exercising on a regular basis, avoiding caffeine in the afternoon and evening, and keeping lights low in the evening. These changes can make it easier for patients to fall asleep without trouble and enjoy a restful night’s sleep without interruption.
For help with insomnia, please contact Vanessa D. Wilkie, ND.
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