Insomnia and Sleep Disorders

Sleep deprivation is a prevalent health issue among American adults. Sleep loss is often related to insomnia, which may be a primary condition, or it may be linked to underlying health issues. Because insomnia is a complex condition with many possible causes, you may not be sure where to turn for help. Unfortunately, many people with insomnia will fail to seek treatment at all. However, Dr. Julia DiPierdomenico can provide care for insomnia, working to identify physical and mental triggers that may be keeping you up at night. Continue reading for a closer look at insomnia and its treatment options.

Insomnia and Sleep Disorders

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What is insomnia?

Insomnia is defined simply as trouble falling asleep or staying asleep. It may be a temporary condition caused by stress or grief. Alternatively, insomnia may be a chronic issue that prevents you from ever getting as much sleep as you need. Chronic insomnia occurs when sleep issues persist for at least 3 nights a week for 3 weeks or more.

What causes insomnia?

There are many health and lifestyle factors that can affect the quality of your sleep. For example, consuming alcohol or caffeine can impair your ability to get restful sleep. Alternatively, many physical and mental health issues can cause insomnia. Chronic pain is often linked to sleep loss. Conditions like hyperthyroidism can also cause insomnia. In some cases, there isn’t a clear physical cause for the onset of insomnia. Instead, sleep loss may be driven by stress at work, relationship issues, or other forms of stress in an individual’s life.

How can Dr. DiPierdomenico help treat insomnia?

As a Tucson psychiatrist, Dr. DiPierdomenico can provide a broad approach to insomnia treatment. Through blood tests and medication management she can help address underlying medical causes of insomnia. In addition, she provides therapy sessions to work through the mental triggers that may be keeping you up at night. Often, a multi-faceted approach to improving sleep health is most successful. If necessary, Dr. DiPierdomenico can also refer you to a sleep medicine specialist for further treatment options.

When should you get help?

When should you get help?

If you are having difficulty sleeping—and it’s more than an occasional disturbance—you shouldn’t hesitate to reach out for help. Because insomnia is a complex problem with both physical and mental factors to consider, a mental health-based treatment approach can be extraordinarily successful.