Insomnia Treatment at Koala® Center for Sleep and TMJ Disorders
It can be very difficult to deal with insomnia unless you have professional support. We offer this support at our clinic, and we can treat insomnia effectively too so you can sleep soundly and live more healthily as a result. Call us for more information.
Do I have insomnia?
If you’re unable to sleep well or sometimes even at all, then you may have insomnia. There are some common signs you might notice such as trouble falling asleep, waking up often at night, struggling to get back to sleep, waking up too early in the morning, and/or feeling tired when you wake up. If you have one or more of these issues, then you might have insomnia. These issues and insomnia require professional attention.
Insomnia has different causes too. When you go see a professional about your sleep issues, he or she will ask about your sleep habits and possibly perform a physical exam. A physical can reveal signs of medical problems that may be related to insomnia. A blood test might be done to check for thyroid problems or other issues that may be related to your poor sleep.
It’s also possible that the professional will refer you for a sleep study. This study can be invaluable in determining precisely what the underlying issue is that’s affecting your sleep.
How is insomnia treated?
Sometimes changing sleep habits or addressing issues that could be affecting sleep, like stress, can help to treat insomnia. Other times, behavioral therapy, medications, and other professional treatments will work better.
With cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-I), a patient can learn to control or even eliminate negative thoughts and actions that keep the patient awake. This can actually be more effective than many sleep medications. CBT can also teach the patient various relaxation techniques and other methods to help with sleep. Sometimes, a prescription sleeping pill can work better for a patient.
A patient might not actually have insomnia, but have similar symptoms and another condition instead. It may be possible for a condition like this to be treated with oral appliance therapy. This method uses a custom-made, comfortable mouth insert to treat issues affecting the jaw or throat that could actually cause or complicate a sleeping disorder. Oral appliance therapy is approved by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, and we provide it here at Koala® Center for Sleep & TMJ Disorders.
What should I do about my insomnia?
The first thing you should do is decide to get professional support. If you leave your sleep issues or insomnia untreated, it could lead to serious health conditions. Here at Koala® Center for Sleep & TMJ Disorders, we can determine whether a patient has insomnia, and if so, we can treat the underlying cause. We can even network with other professionals, like neurologists, if necessary.
Connect with us at Koala® Center for Sleep & TMJ Disorders. You can book a consultation with us at any of our locations in Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, New Mexico, New York, Texas, or Wisconsin. To do so, please visit our Appointments page or call us. We’d like to hear from you if you or a loved one is having any kind of trouble at all with sleep, so don’t hesitate to reach out to us today. We look forward to speaking with you soon!