If you can’t fall asleep or you wake during the night, chances are you have insomnia. This frustrating sleep disorder makes it tough to get through the day and raises your risk of serious health problems. At NP Psychiatry in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan, board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner Ryan Rifkin, NP, evaluates your symptoms and creates an insomnia treatment plan that restores your ability to get a good night’s sleep. Don’t wait to get help for sleep problems. Call the office in New York City today or book an in-office or telepsychiatry appointment online.
Insomnia, the most common type of sleep disorder, causes one or more of the following symptoms. You may:
You may also stay awake all night. Most people with insomnia struggle with their sleep at least several times a week.
Yes, there are three types of insomnia: episodic, persistent, and recurrent. They are each based on how long your sleep problem lasts. Episodic insomnia lasts at least one month but less than three months.
Persistent insomnia lasts three months or longer. Without treatment, insomnia can go on for many years.
You have recurrent insomnia if you have two or more episodes of persistent or episodic insomnia over the course of a year.
Difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep are the primary symptoms of insomnia. But you may also experience:
Lack of sleep also has a big impact on your overall health. Insomnia makes you more likely to have a car accident and affects your performance at work or school. Sleep deprivation also increases your risk of chronic health conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and obesity.
Your board-certified provider at NP Psychiatry creates a customized treatment plan that may include one or more of the following:
Sleep hygiene refers to creating bedtime rituals that promote sleep, such as:
The blue light from electronics disrupts your body’s natural sleep-wake cycle.
Cognitive-behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-I) uses several techniques to help you relax and sleep. For example, you learn to control the thoughts in your head that keep you awake.
Several over-the-counter and prescription medications can help you fall asleep. However, you only use most prescription medications for a limited time due to the risk of addiction.
Don’t keep struggling with insomnia when you can get exceptional care at NP Psychiatry. Call or book an appointment online today.