Insomnia is much more than the inability to sleep. It is a serious sleep disorder that is debilitating and can lower the quality of your life. Insomnia is a common disorder and affects 30% of adults in the United States. Of these, 10% suffer from chronic insomnia. If you suffer from Insomnia, you are at a higher risk of developing other medical conditions such as hypoxemia (a low level of oxygen in the blood), chronic pain conditions, cancer, diabetes, gastroesophageal reflux disease, amongst others. But there are solutions and we can help; as the leading center for insomnia treatment in New York, we help patients get back to a standard sleep pattern and with a better quality of life.
Treatment of Insomnia at NYBG Sleep
If you suffer from the inability to sleep, we will first conduct an in-lab sleep study to ensure you do not suffer from any underlying condition that might be preventing you from sleeping.
The in-lab sleep study is conducted in our state-of-the-art sleep lab that is designed to keep you comfortable throughout your stay with us.
We advise you to be as comfortable as you can during the study – this includes wearing comfortable clothing, and ensuring you bring along medications and any items that are a part of your regular nighttime routine.
Insomnia Treatment in New York will begin once you have been diagnosed with Insomnia.
Our medical specialist will advise you to do the following before the study:
- Stick to your normal routine
- Avoid napping
- Avoid caffeinated beverages or any other beverages that may cause you to stay awake
- Ensure that your hair is washed and clean (this is important to ensure proper recording of the sleep equipment).
- Consult with your doctor regarding whether you should stop taking any of your regular medication before the study.
You will be advised to:
- Exercise regularly
- Maintain a regular sleep schedule
- Avoid caffeine completely or before going to sleep
- Avoid daytime naps
- Keeping stress in check
While these are lifestyle changes that help with mild to moderate Insomnia, our specialists might suggest more stringent methods of treatment, such as medication.
If our specialists determine that prescription sleeping medications are required, they will prescribe these for you to help you get more rest.
Prescription medication must only be taken under the strict supervision of our specialists or your healthcare provider. They must never be taken more than prescribed. In order to be effective, they must not be taken less than prescribed.
There are a variety of prescription sleeping medications, and our specialists will first conduct a thorough examination of your medical history, current condition, and overall health, to ensure the right type of medication is prescribed.
Our specialists will also determine the duration you must take the prescribed medication; as well as when and how to wean you off them.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy:
Cognitive behavioral therapy or CBT-I is also considered as a course of treatment. In fact, in most cases, CBT-I is the most successful course of treatment.
CBT-I is a structured program that is used to identify negative thoughts and behaviors that cause Insomnia and replace them with healthy habits and thoughts that promote sleep. While medication may help put you to sleep, CBT-I delves into and treats the underlying cause of Insomnia. Also, while medication is a short-term, immediate treatment, CBT-I is a long-term solution for Insomnia.
If you believe you are suffering from insomnia and would like professional medical assistance, please feel free to reach out to one of our office staff and we will be more than happy to assist you in getting the right treatment. Proper rest is not only gratifying but a very important factor in living a healthy and meaningful life. Let us help you live it to the fullest.
What is insomnia?
Insomnia is a common sleep disorder that keeps you from falling asleep and staying asleep. Some commons symptoms from Insomnia are fatigue, low energy, difficulty concentrating, mood disturbances, and decreased performance in work or at school. Seeing a specialist is the best way to address the condition. There are not many centers that specialize with insomnia; we have 12 locations around the New York area to make it convenient for you to address and handle this condition
Who is at risk of developing Insomnia?
- Older adults
- Those with a lot of stress
- Those with certain medical and/or mental health problems.
What are its causes?
Obstructive Sleep Apnea: OSA, or obstructive sleep apnea, is one of the most common sleep disorders. This means that your airway collapses while you are sleeping, keeping you from getting enough oxygen into your lungs. When this happens, your body immediately wakes you up so you can start breathing again. Sometimes you don’t even realize it when your body wakes you up. Other times, you can have a hard time falling back asleep.
How is it Treated?
Medication: there are many prescriptions that are used to treat insomnia.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia: is also known as CBT-I is a non-medical treatment that addresses the underlying thoughts and behaviors that are interrupting sleep. The therapy provides techniques for stress reduction, relaxation and how to develop a proper sleep schedule.
Restless Leg Syndrome: also known as RLS, is a sensation that occurs in your legs that makes you feel like you have to move them in order to relax. This can make falling asleep extremely difficult and can lead to excessive sleepiness during the day.
Depression: Those with depression often have difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep.
Pain: Many times people who experience excessive pain caused by a different medical condition have difficulty sleeping.
Tips to help manage insomnia:
Avoid Caffeine: since caffeine is a natural stimulate for the brain, it will interfere with your sleep. If you drink caffeinated beverages during the day regularly it can lead to sleep issues at night. If you believe that your caffeine consumption is interfering with your sleeping, try reducing your caffeine to no more than 200 milligrams a day, with none after lunch.
Turn off your Electronic Devices: when you use your phone, laptop or tablet while you are in bed, the artificial light can interfere with your body’s sleep cues. You should turn off your devices 30 minutes before you prepare to sleep.
Make a Cozy Sleeping Environment: It is recommended that you keep your bedroom dark, using blackout curtains or even using an eye mask. Many people have found that keeping your bedroom around 68 degrees is a comfortable temperature for sleeping, however you may adjust it as necessary to get comfortable.
If you have any concerns, questions, or comments or would like to schedule a consultation at NYBG Sleep Lab, please feel free to give us a call or schedule a consultation online. Let us help you with any sleep difficulties you may be experiencing!