Insomnia 1
Thursday, November 13, 2008

Most adults need seven to eight hours of sleep a night. If youíre not getting that you could suffer from insomnia. Insomnia can make you feel tired, depressed and irritable and make it hard to concentrate during the day. Dr. Edward Hill discusses insomnia in todayís 60 Second Housecall.

People who have insomnia may not be able to fall asleep. They may wake up at night and not be able to fall back asleep, or they may wake up too early in the morning.

Many things can cause insomnia, such as stress, too much caffeine, depression, changes in work shifts, and pain from medical problems.

Most adults need about seven to eight hours of sleep each night. The amount of sleep you need stays about the same throughout adulthood but sleep patterns may change with age. Older people may sleep less at night and take naps during the day.

Your doctor will ask you about your sleep habits, about any medicine you take, how much caffeine and alcohol you drink and whether you use tobacco. If the cause of your insomnia is not clear, you may be asked to keep a sleep diary.

Treating insomnia can be easy. Once the cause for a personís insomnia is taken care of, it usually goes away.

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