Difficulty sleeping is a condition that is characterized by sleeplessness and trouble to fall asleep at night. Depression, acute stress, anxiety, restless leg syndrome, headaches as well as low blood sugar levels can be the cause for sleep disorders. Thyroid disorders, drug abuse and other chronic illnesses can also cause sleep disorders.
HOW IS DIFFICULTY SLEEPING DIAGNOSED?
A general physician will first perform a physical exam and gather information about your symptoms and medical history. They will also order various tests, including:
1.Polysomnography: a sleep study that evaluates oxygen levels, body movements, and brain waves to determine how they disrupt sleep
2.Electroencephalogram: a test that assesses electrical activity in the brain and detects any potential problems associated with this activity
3.Genetic blood testing: a blood test commonly used to diagnose narcolepsy and other underlying health conditions that might be causing sleeping problems
HOW IS DIFFICULTY SLEEPING TREATED?
Treatment for insomnia may be administered pharmaceutically and non-pharmaceutically. Muscle relaxants are given for treating insomnia. Any underlying causes for difficulty in sleeping such as depression or stress need to be treated accordingly
DID YOU KNOW?
Avoid stimulating activities before you go to bed for better sleep patterns.