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If you experience difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep, or enjoying a restful night's sleep, you may be suffering from insomnia and you are not alone.  According to the National Institute of Health, nearly 40% of the U.S. adult population suffers from insomnia over the course of a year. Insomnia is defined as the perception or complaint of inadequate or poor-quality sleep because of one or more of the following:

Insomnia is classified as:

What causes insomnia?

Insomnia may be caused by many factors, including the following:

What are the symptoms of insomnia?

Diagnosis of insomnia

To properly diagnose insomnia, your sleep history, medical history and a physical examination are. You may be asked to keep a sleep diary showing sleep and wake patterns for a week or so. In some cases, an overnight sleep study may be necessary.

Treatment of insomnia

By reducing stress through various techniques you may be able to address insomnia.  In addition,  behavioral therapies have proven effective in treating insomnia. Often our sleep medicine experts may prescribe a combination of short-term medication and behavioral therapy for long-term benefit. This combination is frequently successful in providing immediate relief and preventing relapses.