Dealing with Insomnia

Find out how we manage insomnia so you can finally get the sleep you deserve.

Most people have trouble falling or staying asleep sometimes. Perhaps you’re having a particularly stressful day or you had a cup of coffee just a little late. While these are often easy fixes, it’s when people have trouble sleeping night after night that it’s a concern. If you’ve been diagnosed with insomnia, or you think you could have insomnia, turn to our Bradenton, FL, sleep medicine specialist Dr. Jeremy McConnell and the team at Sleep Manatee for help.

What are the warning signs of insomnia?

Insomnia can be acute or chronic. Acute insomnia occurs when someone experiences symptoms for a few weeks. Insomnia becomes chronic when it happens more than three nights a week for three months (or more) in a row. Signs and symptoms of insomnia include,

  • Trouble falling asleep
  • Issues staying asleep (waking up in the middle of the night)
  • General restlessness
  • Waking up too early
  • Not waking up feeling refreshed
  • Increased irritability and mood swings
  • Daytime fatigue and sleepiness
  • Anxiety around sleep
  • Trouble concentrating, brain fog and issues with memory

When should you see a sleep doctor?

It’s important that you are practicing good sleep hygiene to see if that can improve your sleep quality. Some good sleep hygiene practices to add to your daily routine include,

  • Avoiding screen time and powering down electronics about 2 hours before bed
  • Keeping consistent sleep schedules (going to bed and getting up at the same time every day)
  • Exercising regularly during the day (and avoid exercising at least 2-3 hours before bedtime)
  • Reducing light sources
  • Finding a relaxing activity such as taking a bath for preparing for sleep that helps your body wind down
  • Avoiding naps during the day
  • Practicing relaxation techniques such as meditation

If you still find yourself dealing with chronic sleep problems despite maintaining proper sleep hygiene, then it’s time to turn to our Bradenton, FL, sleep specialist Dr. McConnell to determine what’s causing your sleep problems and how to best manage it.

How is insomnia treated?

If better sleep hygiene isn’t doing it for you then our sleep specialists can help. Some of the ways in which insomnia is effectively treated are often with medications that help to improve normal sleep cycles, as well as cognitive-behavioral therapy. Dr. McConnell can also determine if there are certain underlying conditions or current medications that could be impacting your sleep.

Don’t ignore symptoms of insomnia. Poor quality sleep has been linked to an increased risk for serious and possibly life-threatening health problems. Dr. McConnell and the team at Sleep Manatee in Bradenton, and Sarasota, FL, can help you get your insomnia under control. Call us today at (941) 792-8383 for the Bradenton, FL office, or in Sarasota, FL, at (941) 827-0701 to schedule an appointment.