Insomnia Specialist

Jacinto Medical Group

Family Practice & Neurologists located in Baytown, TX & La Porte, TX

Sleep is essential for physical and mental health, but approximately 10% of adults in the United States suffer from long-term insomnia. The sleep specialists at Jacinto Medical Group offer comprehensive care to adults who struggle with insomnia at their Sleep Evaluation Center in Baytown, Texas. If you have difficulty sleeping at night or staying awake during the day, don’t hesitate to call or book an appointment online today.

Insomnia

What is insomnia?

If you have trouble falling or staying asleep, you’re in good company. Insomnia is the most prevalent sleep disorder in the United States. You might have insomnia if you experience the following symptoms:

  • Lying awake for a long time before you can fall asleep
  • Inability to stay asleep
  • Waking up earlier than you want to
  • Feeling like you haven’t slept at all
  • Trouble staying awake during the day

At some point in their lives, most adults experience acute insomnia, which lasts only a few days or weeks. Insomnia that lasts for a month or longer is considered chronic.

Chronic insomnia is a major health risk that can have serious effects on your ability to function. Without adequate sleep, you can begin to feel irritable, depressed, and unable to perform normal tasks. Over time, chronic insomnia can increase your risk of heart disease and diabetes.

How much sleep do I need?

The exact amount of sleep you need depends on your particular biology and lifestyle demands. Most adults need about 7-8 hours of sleep every night. The best way to know if you’re getting the right amount of sleep is if you don’t feel tired during the day.

What causes insomnia?

Sometimes, insomnia is a symptom of an underlying medical condition. This is called secondary insomnia. Common causes of secondary insomnia include:

  • Mental illness, such as anxiety disorders
  • Neurological conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease
  • Sleep disorders, such as sleep apnea
  • Breathing disorders, such as asthma
  • Pain conditions, such as arthritis

Primary insomnia occurs without the presence of an underlying condition. Possible causes of primary insomnia include stress, travel, and schedule changes that interfere with your sleep routine.

How do you diagnose and treat insomnia?

First, your sleep specialist at Jacinto Medical Group carefully reviews your medical history and sleep symptoms. They could ask you to record your sleep patterns in a sleep diary and bring it to your appointment.

If they suspect your insomnia is caused by another sleep disorder, such as sleep apnea, they could order a sleep study. The Sleep Evaluation Center at Jacinto Medical Group includes well-furnished and comfortable rooms for your sleep study.

Once they diagnose your condition, your sleep specialist creates a personalized treatment plan. Depending on your needs, this can include:

  • Lifestyle changes like avoiding alcohol and caffeine
  • Behavioral therapy to learn proper sleep habits
  • Medicines to help you sleep

To learn how to overcome or prevent insomnia, call the experts at Jacinto Medical Group or schedule an appointment online today.