Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Insomnia, or sleeplessness, is a sleep disorder in which there is an inability to fall asleep or to stay asleep as long as desired. Dr. Edward Hill explains about insomnia in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Insomnia is a sleep disorder experienced by 12 to 20 percent of the general adult population. Insomnia is an inability to fall asleep and/or frequent awakenings with an inability to return to sleep. It is associated with daytime symptoms such as irritability and fatigue.

Insomnia commonly interferes with personal relationships, job performance, and daily functions and is associated with the following symptoms:

Difficulty falling or staying asleep

Nonrestorative sleep

Daytime fatigue and/or sleepiness

Difficulty concentrating and remembering

Changes in mood irritability, anxiety, depression, and

Reduced motivation and energy

Insomnia can be treated with behavioral and medication strategies. Behavioral therapy can assist a patient in developing new sleep behaviors to improve sleep quality.

Several different types of medications are also effective for treating insomnia. However, many doctors do not recommend relying on prescription sleeping pills for long-term use. It is also important to identify and treat other medical conditions that may be contributing to insomnia, such as depression, breathing problems and chronic pain.

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