Esperanza Behavioral Health and Services
Board Certified Psychiatrists & Behavioral Health Clinicians located in Orlando, FL
Insomnia is not only a common symptom of mental health issues like depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), but it also contributes to these distressing conditions. At Esperanza Behavioral Health and Services in Orlando, Florida, Fredesvinda Jacobs-Alvarez, MD, a board-certified psychiatrist, can help you get a good night’s sleep. Call Esperanza Behavioral Health and Services today for personalized treatment for insomnia. You may also schedule an appointment online.
Insomnia Q & A
What is insomnia?
You feel like you’ve been tossing and turning for hours. Your mind is racing with spiraling thoughts, and sleep seems like it’s off the table for the night. Insomnia is a common sleep disorder that affects around a third of American adults.
Insomnia occurs when you can’t fall or stay asleep. You might wake up during the night and not be able to return to sleep easily, or you could wake up well before your alarm and be awake for the day.
In addition to the frustration of sleepless nights, insomnia also causes:
- Daytime fatigue
- Reduced concentration
- Memory problems
Insomnia can also contribute to mental health conditions like depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). If you’re not sleeping well, it can amplify other symptoms like a depressed mood, hopelessness, and distressing, intrusive thoughts.
What causes insomnia?
Many factors contribute to insomnia. For example, almost everyone has missed sleep because of a stressful life event.
Also, the food you eat, caffeine, alcohol, and some medications can disrupt your sleep. If you work abnormal or changing shifts or have to travel frequently for work, you might experience insomnia.
Your mental or physical health can also cause insomnia. Depression, anxiety, and PTSD contribute to insomnia. Also, chronic pain and hyperactive thyroid disorders can keep you up at night.
When should I talk to a doctor about insomnia?
Chronic insomnia can increase your risk of a wide range of health issues like:
- High blood pressure
- Heart disease
Make an appointment at Esperanza Behavioral Health and Services if you’ve had insomnia most nights for a month or more.
How is insomnia treated?
Your provider begins with an exam and consultation to identify the root cause of your insomnia. Then, they create a treatment program to address the cause of your sleeplessness.
Depending on your needs, your provider could prescribe medication to ease your mental health symptoms in combination with counseling to resolve the thoughts and emotions that keep you up at night. If they find an underlying health issue that can cause insomnia, they offer treatment or a referral to a specialist.
Your provider might also recommend improved bedtime habits, like limiting screen time, bright lights, and food and drink.
If you’re living with insomnia, call Esperanza Behavioral Health and Services, or make an appointment online today.