When Sleeping is a Challenge - Chronic Insomnia Treatment Can Help

Not being able to sleep as much or as well as you want and need is frustrating. And, can bring about a number of negative side effects that can affect both mental and physical health. But, fortunately, for those dealing with insomnia on a frequent basis, chronic insomnia treatment can help them to identify the cause of their sleeplessness and ways to manage better sleep.

What is Insomnia?

Before one can get help for insomnia, one must understand what it is to better determine if they’re living with it. Insomnia is a sleep disorder that’s characterized by symptoms including:

  • not being able to fall asleep
  • not being able to stay asleep
  • awaking in the night and not being able to go back to sleep
  • feeling tired throughout the day
  • depression, hopelessness, sadness, and moodiness
  • a lack of focus or trouble with remembering

Chronic insomnia is when a person is dealing with the above symptoms of insomnia for more than a 3-month period. And, struggles with the symptoms of insomnia as little as 3 times a week.

Causes of Insomnia

People dealing with chronic insomnia may not know why they’re not getting the sleep they need. For adults, it’s vital to get over 7 hours of sleep per night to maintain proper mental and physical health. However, identifying the causes of insomnia can help to determine the best method of treatment, and is a vital part of the treatment process for those with chronic insomnia.

Some causes of the development of chronic insomnia include:

  • substance abuse and addiction
  • dealing with high levels of stress due to big life changes, work, legal issues, financial problems, etc.
  • mental health disorders including anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder, and others
  • conditions that bring about chronic pain
  • imbalanced hormones and diseases that bring about these imbalances
  • side effects of prescription medications
  • sleep disorders
  • neurological disorders

The Negative Effects of Living With Chronic Insomnia

Not getting enough sleep certainly has its drawbacks. If you’re not getting enough sleep due to insomnia, you’re likely experiencing:

  • not feeling ‘well’ either physically, mentally or both
  • an increased risk of accidents while driving or operating other heavy machinery
  • constantly feeling fatigued during the day
  • feeling irritable, struggling with depression, and/or an increase in anxiety
  • struggling to keep up with your career, school, and even relationships
  • memory issues and having trouble focusing on tasks
  • the development of diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and other physical ailments
  • risk of experiencing high blood pressure
  • gaining weight
How Chronic Insomnia Treatment Can Help

Chronic insomnia treatment can give people living with chronic insomnia the tools needed to manage insomnia. And, get better sleep by utilizing methods that can help you get to sleep and stay asleep longer.

Some of the methods used in the treatment of chronic insomnia can include:

Counseling: Behavioral therapies, like CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), can be great tools for managing the symptoms of chronic insomnia. During these therapy sessions, individuals can work to identify the reasons they may struggle with sleep, including behavioral or thought patterns that can interfere with sleep. Plus, give individuals coping strategies in order to overcome these underlying issues that may relate to their developed chronic insomnia.

Prescribed Medications: Along with therapy, certain medications are helpful in reducing the symptoms and severity of chronic insomnia. Medication management through a chronic insomnia treatment approach can help to ensure people are taking the right dosage, monitoring medication use, and stop using medications when necessary.

Getting Help With Chronic Insomnia Treatment in Boca Raton

Southcoast Psychiatric Services offers chronic insomnia treatment on an outpatient basis at our facility located in Boca Raton, Florida. We offer a wide variety of mental health services including psychiatric medication management and behavioral counseling sessions. Find out more about how we can help by visiting our website or contacting us today.