Insomnia Treatment

Insomnia Treatments

Helping Patients to Find Ways to Deal with Restlessness

Those who suffer from insomnia experience trouble falling and staying asleep, leaving them feeling unrested each morning as they awake. For people in high-stress occupations or dealing with mental and emotional disorders, insomnia can result and compound the problems even further. It is important that those dealing with this sleep disorder get the help they need. The Sleep Center at Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas helps patients understand the origins of their concerns during a sleep study to then be able to offer advice on how to treat those issues.

Why Does Insomnia Happen?

Sleeplessness is most often attributed to anxiety and depression. If you are undergoing a highly stressful time in your life or suffer from a chemical imbalance resulting in a mood disorder, you may have trouble falling asleep. Women are more likely to suffer from insomnia, along with those over 60 years old. Certain medications can also increase the likelihood of sleeplessness, such as allergy medications, antidepressants, and heart medicine.

Ways to Treat Insomnia

Sleeplessness can be a result of either chronic chemical imbalances or simply lifestyle habits that prevent restful sleep. In either case, Baptist Hospital in Beaumont can help you understand what’s wrong and what to do about it.

Some treatment options include:

  • Lifestyle changes – Certain stimulants such as caffeine, bright screens (phones, TV, etc), and even exercise can make it difficult to fall asleep or stay asleep. Training your brain to turn off can be beneficial in obtaining restful sleep
  • Cognitive and behavioral remedies – As the problems with falling asleep can be psychological, speaking with a cognitive/behavioral therapist may uncover ways for you to reduce stresses at night or better cope with them to fall asleep. Techniques could include mindfulness, mediation, and focus on breathing
  • Medication – A number of prescription and over-the-counter medications exist that can help you fall asleep. These drugs must be taken as directed due to their potentially dangerous effects. Speak with a physician if you believe this is the option for you