What is keeping you up at Night?

Do you have problems falling asleep at night, or sleeping through the night?  If you do, you most likely have a condition known as “insomnia”.  There are many reasons for insomnia – sometimes it happens for a period of time, when you are under stress or going through a difficult time.  For other people, it is more of a chronic condition and this results in a feeling of tiredness through the day and a lack of energy, and can result in a increased chance of serious health problems.

According to the Mayo Clinic, behavior therapies are generally recommended as the first line of treatment for insomnia.  The more common behavior therapies are listed below:

Education about good sleeping habits – keeping a regular schedule, etc.

Cognitive behavioral therapy – learn to control or eliminate negative thoughts and worries.

Relaxation techniques – muscle relaxation, breathing techniques and hypnotherapy.

Developing good sleeping habits and learning techniques to avoid insomnia is preferable to taking prescription drugs or over-the-counter medications that can make you feel drowsy or groggy. Dr Rebeck frequently helps people with insomnia.

Seven to eight hours of sleep is recommended for the average adult and your energy level and mood will improve as you develop better sleeping habits.