Insomnia

Insomnia affects your ability to fall asleep or stay asleep. Though it’s not uncommon to experience sleepless nights every once in a while, if your insomnia occurs regularly, then you may benefit from a consultation with Jason Meisel, NP, at Meisel NP in Psychiatry. To get help for your insomnia, call the office in the Park Slope area of Brooklyn in New York City, or book an appointment online today.

What is insomnia?

Insomnia is a common sleep disorder that affects your ability to get a restful night of sleep. In most cases, insomnia is a short-term problem that lasts a few days or a few weeks.

However, if you struggle to get a good night’s rest more than three days a week for three or more months, then you have chronic insomnia.

Many factors may trigger insomnia, including stress, travel, or a change in routine. Your sleep disorder may also be a symptom of an underlying mental health condition like depression or anxiety.

Insomnia may also occur with other sleep disorders such as sleep apnea or restless legs syndrome.

What are the symptoms of insomnia?

Difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep, or waking up too early are the most common symptoms of insomnia. Other symptoms include:

  • Waking up several times during the night
  • Not feeling rested in the morning
  • Daytime sleepiness
  • Irritability
  • Difficulty concentrating

Your sleepless nights may also make you constantly worry about sleep and your inability to get a good night of rest. This sleep disorder may also make you more prone to accidents or injuries.

When should I seek help for insomnia?

You should seek help for your insomnia at Meisel NP in Psychiatry if your poor sleep habits affect your quality of life. You also benefit from expert care if your insomnia is a chronic problem.

What happens during an insomnia evaluation?

Jason conducts a thorough diagnostic evaluation when you come in with concerns about insomnia. He first spends time getting to know you, then he asks detailed questions about your sleep routine, medical history, and any medications and supplements you take.

The information he gathers during your interview helps him make a thorough assessment of your sleep disorder so he can design an effective treatment plan.

How is Insomnia treated?

Jason customizes treatment for your insomnia based on the results of your assessment. Treatment may include:

COGNITIVE BEHAVIORAL THERAPY (CBT)

CBT is a type of therapy that teaches you how to recognize the negative thoughts and behaviors that keep you up at night and replace them with habits that improve your sleep.

CBT helps you overcome the underlying cause of your insomnia.

MEDICATION MANAGEMENT

Though CBT is an effective treatment for insomnia, Jason may prescribe sleeping pills for a short period of time.

LIFESTYLE CHANGES

Jason also helps you make lifestyle changes that improve your sleep habits. This might include putting away all electronics as part of a healthy bedtime routine, taking a bath before bed, and reading to help your mind relax.

When insomnia affects your quality of life, it’s time to schedule an appointment at Meisel NP in Psychiatry. Call or book online today.

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