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Insomnia Sleep Treatment

I can't sleep. Do I have Insomnia?

Insomnia is defined as difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep, or poor quality of sleep despite adequate sleep-time that results in daytime impairment.

What kind of daytime impairment? What are the insomnia symptoms?

Insomnia causes problems such as fatigue, malaise, impaired attention or memory, poor performance at work or school, irritability, daytime sleepiness, reduced motivation or energy, increased risk of accidents, and headaches.If you have one of these symptoms, contact Dr. Brodner for insomnia sleep treatment.

What are the consequences of not treating Insomnia?

Scientific research has shown that sleeping too little can not only inhibit your productivity and ability to remember, but also lead to serious health consequences and jeopardize the safety of yourself and people around you. 

For example, insomnia is linked with:

• A study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety estimated that 328,000 drowsy driving crashes occur annually. That's more than three times the police-reported number. The same study found that 109,000 of those drowsy driving crashes resulted in an injury and about 6,400 were fatal.

• Increased body mass index and greater likelihood of obesity due to an increased appetite caused by sleep deprivation.

• Increased risk of diabetes and heart problems.

• Increased risk for psychiatric conditions, including depression and substance abuse.

• Decreased ability to pay attention, react to signals, or remember new information.

Insomnia Sleep Treatment

Dr. Brodner will design a customized insomnia sleep treatment plan to address the specific factors causing your trouble. Research has demonstrated that a combination of methods more successfully leads to a better nights sleep:

This is a set of sleep rules that creates an environment more conducive to healthy slumber.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is a dual-method approach. The first involves changing the manner in which an insomniac thinks about sleep, addressing cognitive problems such as misconceptions or increased anxiety about the lack of sleep. The second utilizes strict guidelines, such as stimulus control instructions or sleep restriction therapy, to modify poor sleeping patterns into healthy sleep habits.
Sleep Restriction Therapy is a natural cure for insomnia that retrains the body-clock through a strict sleep scheduling process.

There are many types of sleeping pills available with different properties and duration of action; however, Dr. Brodner understands the scientific literature which demonstrates pharmaceuticals offer little benefit with frequent side-effects; instead of working in concert with our organic sleep processes, prescription medications attempt to override the body’s organic rhythms.

Too many patients try to self-medicate with unproven over-the-counter supplements, a loved ones prescription, alcohol, harmful drugs, or unproven prescriptions.

Allow Dr. Brodner to design a treatment regimen without pharmaceuticals. Utilizing the eight pillars of the Nidra Sleep Journey, Dr. Brodner will guide you towards Sleep Wellness based on the factors causing your unique insomnia situation.

I Feel I Can't Sleep Enough. How Much Sleep Do I Really Need?

Research cannot pinpoint an exact amount of required sleep; experts realize there is no "magic number." Not only do different age groups require different amounts of sleep, but sleep needs are also individual. Determining how much sleep you need involves an assessment of how you feel on different amounts of sleep, plus an examination of lifestyle factors affecting both the quality and quantity of your sleep, such as work schedules and stress.

Another reason there is no magic number" of hours known for healthy sleep is due to two different factors researchers are just discovering. The first is called basal sleep need the amount of sleep our bodies regularly require for optimal performance. This quantity is determined by a combination of age and genetics. The second factor is known as sleep debt — the accumulated sleep that is lost to poor sleep habits, sickness, awakenings due to environmental factors, or other causes.

Sleep experts believe the average basal sleep need for adults is between seven and nine hours nightly to enjoy optimum performance, health, and safety. Getting fewer hours of sleep than this baseline requirement will create a sleep debt, which eventually needs to be replenished with additional sleep over the next few nights. Our body does not seem to get used to less sleep than it needs, so not paying it off leads to decreased mental and physical health.

For more information on Insomnia Treatment, call David C. Brodner, M.D. at 561-735-8750