Thursday, September 27, 2012

Insomnia, or sleeplessness, is an individuals report of sleeping difficulties. Dr. Edward Hill begins a two-part look at insomnia in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Insomnia is when you often cant fall asleep or when you wake up in the night and cant go back to sleep.

Most people need seven to eight hours of sleep every night. People 65 years and older may sleep less at night and nap during the day.

Insomnia is very common. More than one in three adults has it. Many things can cause insomnia. Illness, some medicines, too much caffeine, too much noise and stress can cause insomnia that lasts a few days or up to several weeks. Another common cause is an irregular sleep schedule.

To determine whether you have insomnia, your doctor will ask you questions and examine you. You may be asked to keep a sleep diary. This is a two-week record that records your sleep patterns and schedule.

Your doctor may talk to your family about your sleeping habits. You may need a test called a sleep study to see if something else is keeping you awake.

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