Insomnia Specialist

DFW MDcare

Internal Medicine & Primary Care located in Plano, TX

An estimated 60 million Americans experience the frustrations of insomnia or sleeping difficulties. Rather than letting your sleep problems affect your productivity, focus, and mood, the team at DFW MDcare offers insomnia management and treatment solutions at their office in Plano, Texas. To start learning how you can achieve better sleep, call the office or book your insomnia consultation online today.

Insomnia Q&A

What is insomnia?

Put simply, insomnia is a very common sleep disorder that results in trouble falling or staying asleep. If you have insomnia, you likely don’t get enough sleep overall. While each person’s body operates differently, a general consensus is that you need between seven and eight full hours of sleep per night. With insomnia, you may have far less than this or even none at all. 

Short-term insomnia, called acute insomnia, happens for a few days or weeks at a time. It usually has a link to periods of stress or heightened emotion in your life. Chronic insomnia lasts for at least a month and can stand alone or have a link to an underlying health condition.

What are the symptoms of insomnia?

Insomnia often comes with other symptoms beyond sleeping difficulties, many of which affect you outside of normal sleeping hours. 

Symptoms that can accompany insomnia include:

  • Waking up too early
  • Daytime tiredness
  • Irritability
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Trouble focusing
  • Memory problems
  • Increased errors or mistakes at work

Insomnia often goes away on its own, but if it starts to affect your cognitive abilities during the day, you should seek treatment from the team at DFW MDcare to alleviate your symptoms. 

What’s causing my insomnia?

Insomnia may have one or several causes. Examples of common possible causes and contributors include:

  • Menopause
  • Andropause
  • Pregnancy
  • Anxiety
  • Caffeine consumption
  • Nicotine consumption
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Sleep apnea
  • Chronic pain 
  • Certain medications

Once your provider at DFW MDcare identifies the cause of your insomnia, it becomes much simpler to treat effectively. 

What are the treatment options for insomnia?

Once you identify the cause or causes of your insomnia, your practitioner is better able to create a treatment plan to help you sleep at night. 

For example, if you’re having trouble sleeping because of the bodily changes that come with menopause, bioidentical hormone therapy balances your hormones to alleviate symptoms like insomnia.

If you can’t identify the cause of your insomnia, your provider may give you medications to help you sleep soundly or suggest some changes to your habits. You should stay away from caffeine later in the day, avoid napping if you can, and create a relaxing routine to practice before bed every night.

Irritability and trouble focusing are the unfortunate results of inadequate nights of sleep. To learn more about insomnia and find out what’s causing yours, call DFW MDcare or book your appointment online today.