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Insomnia

4/12/2014 7:17 pm

One of the most common concerns patients have in office visits is about insomnia, which is also described as poor sleep quality or sleeplessness.  This results in fatigue and low energy as well as health problems including diabetes, hypertension and depression.  Weight gain is also commonly noted with sleep deficiency. 

Treating sleep problems with sleeping pills can actually result in poor quality of REM sleep.  It is much better to change sleep habits such as avoiding stimulating activity like viewing smart phone or tablets near bedtime.  There are links attached in this segment to the highlighted words to help you find ways to improve sleep hygiene.

The National Sleep Foundation has a good website with lots of tips including sleep hygeine steps to improve sleep quality.  Another website that is recommended is maintained by the National Institute of Health and is found at http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/sdd/#

 

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