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?
The diagnosis of the condition is usually done by a specialist of Somnology or a general physician who may also refer the case to a clinic psychologist or psychiatrist in case depression and anxiety may be suspected. The diagnosis will be done with a physical examination and even a detailed evaluation.
HOW IS DIFFICULTY SLEEPING TREATED?
Treatment for sleeplessness depends on its cause. In some cases, at-home remedies or simple lifestyle changes can improve the quality of your sleep. In cases when a medical condition or sleep disorder is causing problems, the treatment for the underlying condition would be treated first. For example, if the sleep suffers because of an anxiety disorder or depression, the doctor may prescribe an antianxiety or antidepressant medication to help cope with worry, stress, and feelings of hopelessness. In some cases, a special type of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) designed for people with this disorder may be recommended.
DID YOU KNOW?
Women are twice as likely to develop this condition as men.