Insomnia is a sleep disorder characterized by difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep. A number of factors can contribute to insomnia, including chronic stress or depression, environmental disturbances, pain or breathing disorders.
Our sleep specialists understand insomnia can cause fatigue, low energy, trouble concentrating, mood changes and that it can impact job or school performance. We work with our patients to understand the cause of their insomnia and to develop treatment options that may include medication or changes in lifestyle or behavior.
What you should know about insomnia
- Insomnia can be acute or chronic:
- Acute insomnia is brief and is caused by life circumstances like stressful events. It typically resolves itself.
- Chronic insomnia is insomnia occurring three or more nights a week for three or more months. It can have many causes, including shift work, environmental changes, unhealthy sleep habits, certain medications or medical disorders.
- There is no specific test for insomnia. If you suspect you have insomnia, it can be helpful to keep a sleep log that details when you go to bed, how often you wake up during the night, when you wake up in the morning and your level of sleepiness throughout the day. This information will help your doctor make a diagnosis.
- Your doctor may recommend a sleep study and/or perform blood tests to rule out medical conditions that could impact your sleep.
Why choose Geisinger for your insomnia treatment?
- We offer quick scheduling of diagnostic sleep studies in our specially designed sleep centers so you can get back to restful sleeping as soon as possible.
- Our sleep centers have round-the-clock scheduling options for shift workers so they can be tested during their normal sleeping times.
- Our collaborative sleep team includes sleep specialists and specialty physicians in pulmonology, neurology, otolaryngology, psychiatry and dentistry.
Our sleep specialists understand that disrupted sleep due to insomnia can have a significant impact on everyday life and overall health. We treat insomnia using:
- Lifestyle or behavioral changes