Insomnia is one of the most common sleeping disorder in which the patient is unable to fall asleep. Sleepless nights may adversely affect both; mental and physical conditions of the body. Insomnia should be diagnosed and treated at the earliest.

Symptoms of Insomnia

  • Anxiety.
  • Depression and emotional episodes.
  • Irritability and tensions.
  • Physical pains and aches like headaches, stomach aches, etc.
  • Frustration.
  • Impaired workplace performance.
  • Low energy.
  • Daytime drowsiness.

Possible Causes of Insomnia

  • Medications that deprive you from sleep.
  • Increased caffeine intake in the evening.
  • Depression.
  • Recent heartbreak in life – death of a loved one, divorce, etc.
  • Hormone changes, in women during pregnancy or menopause.
  • Medical ailments like – stroke, thyroid disorder, asthma.
  • Chronic pain.
  • Jet lags.

Treatment for Insomnia

  • Medications – May involve addition or change in existing medication
  • Counseling to resolve depression and anxiety issues
  • Lifestyle changes
  • Cultivating better sleep habits

For customized treatment and improved sleeping patterns one can contact a psychiatrist.

Written by: Dr. H Kaur

Edited by: S Soni

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