Chronic Insomnia

Monday, December 07, 2009

Insomnia affects nearly half the population. But it is possible to get help if youre having trouble sleeping. Dr. Edward Hill gives some helpful advice for insomnia sufferers in today in the 60 Second Housecall.

Insomnia is when you have trouble sleeping. Chronic insomnia is when your sleeping problem lasts for four weeks or longer. This can cause you to feel tired and have less energy.

Some people with insomnia fall asleep easily, but wake up in the middle of the night and can't get back to sleep. Others may have trouble falling asleep when they first go to bed.

Improving your sleep habits is the best way to treat chronic insomnia. Behavior therapy can help teach you about good sleep habits. This usually includes learning ways to relax and not worry as much about sleep.

Some medical conditions and medicines can also lead to chronic insomnia, so it is important to let your doctor know if you have other conditions. Talk to your doctor about behavior therapy versus medications for insomnia.

Keep in mind that we need less sleep as we age. Some people need only five or six hours of sleep a night, but most people do better with seven or eight hours.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.