Insomnia occurs when you have continuous problems falling and staying asleep.
There are a variety of causes of this condition: anxiety, depression, poor sleep habits, lack of exercise, certain medications, and chronic illness.
Because insomnia can happen at any time, it's essential to understand its symptoms and manage it.
GuruMD offers online advice for insomnia, allowing you to speak with a board-certified professional and get treatment from your home's comfort. Find out about this condition by reading here.
What is Insomnia?
Insomnia is a sleep disorder, where a person has a hard time staying or falling asleep.
Insomnia can be the primary problem, or it could be associated with other underlying conditions. Examples of such underlying conditions include stress, chronic pain, endocrine problems such as hyperthyroidism, low back pain, medication side effects, arthritis, gastrointestinal problems such as acid reflux, travel, poor sleep habits, alcohol consumption, nicotine, caffeine intake, and overeating late in the evening.
Treatment focuses on alleviating the inability to fall and stay asleep, also, towards finding the underlying cause to treat it.
Symptoms of Insomnia
The most common symptoms of insomnia are:
- Difficulty falling asleep
- Waking up periodically during the night
- Daytime tiredness
- Difficulty paying attention
- Remembering tasks
- Focusing on tasks
How Does GuruMD Treat Insomnia?
At GuruMD, we offer urgent care for patients with insomnia. If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms of insomnia, all you have to do is create an account to get in touch with a medical provider. Register online and then visit a doctor from your app.
Our board-certified professionals will diagnose insomnia by asking questions about your recent health history and current symptoms. Usually, an office visit is not needed, so going online to see a doctor is convenient and useful.
The doctor may send you to a lab for blood work, which helps the healthcare provider identify any pathologies such as hyperthyroidism.
The main goal of treatment is symptom relief. The physician may recommend staying active. Be aware of medications that can be the cause and limit the intake of caffeine and alcohol. Avoid eating large meals before sleeping, avoid taking naps during the day, and create a relaxing ritual before sleeping, such as taking a nice warm bath and keeping a regular, consistent bedtime.
In some cases, you could need a sleep aid to help initiate a consistent sleep pattern. Therefore, the physician will prescribe a medication to act as a sleep aid. If the side effects of medications cause the problem, then the physician will adjust the medications accordingly.
Once you receive the proper treatment, the physician will provide medical advice on managing the symptoms of insomnia.
To make sure you're on the right track, we offer walk-in appointments for patients with insomnia. We want to make sure you enjoy a safe recovery process and get all the care you need to overcome your symptoms.
Are you experiencing insomnia? Register for your GuruMD account now to get the treatment you need.