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What is insomnia?

Insomnia is a very common sleep disorder where you have difficulty falling and/or staying asleep. In fact, nearly everyone will experience insomnia at some point in their lifetime. Insomnia becomes a medical concern when it persists beyond three to four months.

Insomnia can be broken down into three categories:

  1. Initiation insomnia - difficulty falling asleep
  2. Maintenance insomnia - difficulty staying asleep
  3. Early arousal - waking up early and not being able to get back to sleep

Treatment for insomnia

Insomnia is treatable, but people respond differently to different treatment options. Treatment of insomnia typically includes:

  1. Improving behavior before bedtime and practicing good sleep hygiene practices
  2. If the problem persists, we may explore behavior modification therapy
  3. On occasion, over the counter or prescription medications may be utilized

Tired of not getting a good night's sleep?

Make an appointment with a primary care provider and ask for a referral to Dr. Scott Johnson at Crossing Rivers Health Center for Specialty Care.

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