Disrupted sleep plagues millions worldwide. As a leading interventional neurologist specializing in sleep disorders, I’m here to unveil the mysteries of insomnia and empower you with effective management strategies.

What is Insomnia?

Insomnia disrupts your ability to fall asleep, stay asleep, or experience restorative sleep. It can be short-term (acute) or long-term (chronic), impacting mood, cognition, and overall health.

Causes of Insomnia:

  • Stress & Anxiety: Racing thoughts and emotional turmoil can keep you awake.
  • Poor Sleep Habits: Irregular sleep schedules and stimulating activities before bed disrupt your sleep-wake cycle.
  • Underlying Medical Conditions: Chronic pain, respiratory issues, hormonal imbalances, and neurological disorders can contribute to insomnia.
  • Medications: Certain medications can interfere with sleep.
  • Substance Use: Alcohol, caffeine, and drugs can disrupt sleep patterns.
  • Environmental Factors: Noise, light, and an uncomfortable sleep environment can hinder sleep quality.
  • Mental Health Conditions: Depression, anxiety, and PTSD are often linked to insomnia.

Symptoms of Insomnia:

  • Difficulty Falling Asleep: Taking a long time to fall asleep after going to bed.
  • Frequent Waking Up: Waking up multiple times during the night and struggling to go back to sleep.
  • Non-Restorative Sleep: Feeling tired and unrested despite spending enough time in bed.
  • Daytime Impairment: Experiencing fatigue, difficulty concentrating, and issues with work or school performance.
  • Mood Disturbances: Insomnia can worsen mood swings, anxiety, and depression.
  • Physical Symptoms: Headaches, digestive problems, and muscle tension can worsen due to poor sleep.

Diagnosis and Treatment by Interventional Neurologists

Interventional neurologists can diagnose insomnia through a comprehensive evaluation, including sleep history, daily routines, medical conditions, medications, and psychological factors. Tools like sleep studies (polysomnography) may be used.

Treatment Options We Offer:

  • Lifestyle Modifications: We’ll guide you on establishing healthy sleep habits, like consistent sleep schedules, relaxing bedtimes, and creating a sleep-conducive environment.
  • CBT-I Therapy: This proven therapy helps you change negative sleep-related thoughts and behaviors, promoting relaxation and better sleep.
  • Stress Management: We may recommend techniques like mindfulness meditation, deep breathing, and yoga to reduce stress and improve sleep quality.
  • Sleep Hygiene Education: We’ll educate you on avoiding caffeine and alcohol before bed, limiting daytime naps, and incorporating regular exercise into your routine.
  • Targeted Medications: In some cases, short-term use of sleep medications under our supervision may be recommended to facilitate sleep.

A Holistic Approach to Better Sleep

Effective insomnia management often requires a holistic approach that combines behavioral interventions, psychological support, and, when needed, medication. By working together, we can empower you to reclaim restful sleep and improve your overall well-being.

Final Thoughts

Insomnia is a treatable condition. With the right knowledge and personalized treatment plan from an interventional neurologist Dr. Rohit BG. you can overcome sleep disruptions and achieve a healthier, more vibrant life.