Causes of insomnia explained by Willoughby Hills dentist
Insomnia is a sleep disorder that affects most people at some point in their life. While many cases of insomnia are acute, or short-term, other people suffer from insomnia on a chronic basis. Left untreated, a lack of quality sleep due to insomnia can have several negative effects on your life, your mood, and your health. Willoughby Hills dentist, Dr. Michael Stern, is a dental sleep medicine expert and explains the causes of insomnia and what you can do about it below.
Causes of insomnia
Insomnia can take multiple forms – some people are unable to fall asleep when they initially go to bed, others are unable to stay asleep throughout the night, and some people have a combination of both. Many underlying factors can lead to the development of insomnia. Some of the most common conditions that can lead to insomnia include:
- Acid reflux
- Taking certain medications
- Parkinson’s disease
- Chronic pain, such as low back pain
- Sleep disorders such as restless legs syndrome or sleep apnea
If you have insomnia, it can cause a series of health problems and mood disorders, such as depression, an increased risk of heart attacks and strokes, and other serious health conditions. In addition, it can make performing your work and everyday tasks more difficult.
The first step in treating insomnia is to determine the underlying cause. With the guidance of a sleep expert, a sleep study can help determine whether you have a condition such as sleep apnea that is causing you to wake frequently throughout the night. If that is the case, a simple oral appliance can be all that is necessary to help you start getting a good night’s sleep again. Some patients benefit from a combination of therapies and lifestyle changes to combat insomnia.
Dr. Stern offers patients a convenient at-home sleep study to gather crucial information used to diagnose conditions such as sleep apnea, and works with patients to determine the best treatment for their specific needs. To schedule a free consultation at Snoring and CPAP Solutions, call our Willoughby Hills office today at (440) 833-6008.