The Pain of Not Sleeping

Insomnia Treatment

A Disease that Can Affect Your Daily Life: Insomnia

Insomnia is the condition where someone cannot fall asleep or cannot sleep for an extended period.
It is very common in contemporary society an estimated 10~50% of adults experience it.
Insomnia cannot be seen as a disease by itself, but a symptom that accompanies many different diseases.
The causes are various and complicated. If insomnia symptoms occur, there are personal and medical ramifications
that affect one’s daily life and the chance of making a mistake at work,
getting into a car accident, or facing disaster increases.

Types of Insomnia

Types of Insomnia

  • Acute Insomnia

    If one gets stressed out, symptoms occur for less than 3 months. Maintaining sleeping habits are important and medication can help treat this effectively. If it is not treated, it can develop into chronic insomnia, so treatment is imperative during its early stages.

  • Chronic Insomnia

    Chronic Insomnia is defined when insomnia persists for over 3 months. Causes of chronic insomnia include: depression, diseases, or continuous stress and anxiety, so it is important that the cause is found when treating these cases rather than simply attempting to treat it with medication. Bad sleeping habits and an improvement of one’s sleeping environment is necessary, and a lot of data can be attained through a polysomnography.

Therapy For Insomnia

  • Cognitive Behavioral
    Therapy

    Therapy to improve sleep by changing the
    sleeping environment and bad sleeping habits

    • Cognitive therapy
      to correct inaccurate
      thoughts about
      sleeping

    • Behavioral Therapy to
      change unhealthy habits
      and uncomfortable
      sleeping environment

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  • Stimulation/Relaxation
    Therapy

    Relieving mental stress by encouraging sleep
    and reducing nervousness in the body

    Simple, and easily accessible
    Scientifically proven effects
    done through research

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation(TMS)

This treatment is a way to stimulate the brains nerves in a noninvasive manner
and with out surgery or anesthesia. It is a method used to treat
panic disorders, anxiety, depression, and sleep apnea.

Procedure

Stimulate the frontal lobe continuously to induce sleep
without any painful measures.

Advantages

∙ Can treat for those who have side effects to medication
∙ Almost no side effects
∙ Effective for cases with depression and anxiety

Medication Treatment

Short term medication can help improve sleep disorders.
Also, one can expect better results when medication is used with other treatments.
However, it is advised that one refrain from long term use and because getting the right
medication for each individual is important, one must make sure an accurate
diagnosis is determined by a specialist before taking medication.