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Insomnia services offered in Newark and Milford, DE

If you struggle to get a good night’s sleep or toss and turn throughout the night, you could have insomnia. At Mid Atlantic Spine and Pain in Newark and Milford, Delaware, the skilled pain management specialists offer an array of insomnia treatments to help you sleep soundly. Call the office nearest you to learn more about your options or use the online booking feature today.


Q & A

What is insomnia?

Insomnia is a type of sleep disorder that makes it difficult to fall or stay asleep. Left untreated, insomnia can cause unpleasant side effects and negatively affect your quality of life. 

What are the symptoms of insomnia?

Common symptoms of insomnia include:

  • Waking up too early
  • Waking up during the night
  • Difficulty falling or staying asleep
  • Not feeling well-rested
  • Daytime fatigue
  • Ongoing worries about sleep
  • Difficulty paying attention
  • Irritability
  • Depression
  • Anxiety

Insomnia tends to increase your risk of accidents, and poor work or school performance. You might not have the energy needed to exercise regularly. Insomnia also raises your risk of high blood pressure and heart disease.

What are the risk factors for insomnia?

Insomnia can happen to anyone, but certain factors increase your risk, including:

  • Ongoing stress
  • Traumatic life events
  • Chronic pain
  • Changes in sleep patterns
  • Poor sleep hygiene
  • Taking naps late in the day
  • Screen time before bed
  • Irregular bedtime schedule
  • Large meals late in the evening
  • Some medicines
  • Certain medical problems
  • Mental health conditions
  • Sleep apnea or other sleep disorders
  • Restless leg syndrome
  • Caffeine, alcohol, or nicotine use
  • Aging 
  • Hormone imbalance
  • Excess body weight
  • Lack of exercise
  • Being a woman
  • Being over 60

Medical conditions associated with insomnia include diabetes, cancer, asthma, heart disease, arthritis, and overactive thyroid. 

Other conditions that boost your risk of sleep disorders include gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), Parkinson's disease, and Alzheimer’s disease.

How does my provider diagnose insomnia?

To find out if you have insomnia, your Mid Atlantic Spine and Pain provider asks about your symptoms, lifestyle habits, and medical history. They check your vital signs, complete a physical exam, and review your sleep habits. 

You might undergo a sleep study at home or at a sleep center to diagnose the type of sleep disorder you have.

How is insomnia treated?

The most common insomnia treatments include:

Lifestyle changes

Adopting healthy habits at home can improve the quality of your sleep. Set a regular bedtime routine, exercise regularly (but not late at night), keep stress levels low using relaxation techniques, and avoid smoking. 

Also, steer clear of alcohol, caffeine, and naps late in the day. Don’t eat large meals before bed and sleep in a cool, dark, quiet room.

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)

CBT helps you control thoughts or actions that keep you awake at night. It teaches you ways to manage worry, fear, and negative thought patterns.

Medications

Taking medications can help you overcome insomnia and get a better night’s sleep. Your Mid Atlantic Spine and Pain specialist may recommend prescription medicines, over-the-counter medications, or dietary supplements.

Pain management

If ongoing pain is the cause of your insomnia, your Mid Atlantic Spine and Pain provider offers highly effective treatments to reduce your discomfort.

To get treated for insomnia, other sleep disorders, or pain that contributes to poor sleep, schedule an appointment at Mid Atlantic Spine and Pain by phone or online today.

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