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Put Your Insomnia to Rest in Athens

Insomnia is the inability to fall asleep, to remain asleep or to feel rested after achieving suffient sleep. Trouble falling asleep or staying asleep plagues many adults. Insomnia will affect your waking and sleeping hours. During the day you feel mostly "tired" more so than "sleepy" and have trouble focusing on tasks and goals. At night you struggle to fall asleep or stay asleep. You toss and turn and become more stressed about not sleeping.

Insomnia is usually a learned behavior or it may be a symptom caused by another sleep disorder. When the insomnia is not related to another sleep disturbance, psychiatric (depression or anxiety) or medical problem (diabetes, headaches, chronic pain, seizures, sleep apnea), it is referred to as primary insomnia or “psychophysiologic” insomnia. Primary insomnia almost always involves poor sleep habits, spending too much time in bed, napping during the day or a poor sleep schedule - that is, not going to bed and waking up at the same time and the proper time every day. You may also have negative thoughts about sleep, such as “I’ll never get to sleep tonight.”

Over time, you find sleep becoming even more difficult. It is common for some adults to suffer insomnia for a night or two when they are excited, stressed or have physical ailments. But if the insomnia continues for more than 3 nights per week for at least 3 months, you should seek help from a sleep specialist like Ronald Cates, MD. He will educate you about simple lifestyle and behavioral changes you can make to eliminate your insomnia. Dr. Cates strongly believes that there is usually a correctable reason or behavior that causes insomnia. Therefore, he DOES NOT rely on any medication to correct insomnia, but rather tries to help you sleep naturally without chemical aides by finding and correcting the behavior or other problems. He rarely prescribes any sleep aides.

When you need care for insomnia, call Ronald Cates, MD, at 903.675.1717. Or use our convenient Request an Appointment form.

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