One of the most common sleep disorders is insomnia, a condition in which the individual is unable to fall asleep and stay asleep getting restful sleep throughout the night. The patient is generally not getting the right amount of sleep in order to be fully rested and relaxed throughout the night.
Symptoms & Side Effects of Insomnia
In relation to OSA, Obstructed Sleep Apnea, Insomnia has a number of common symptoms in its own right, including:
- Inability to Get Back to Sleep (after waking up in the night)
- Frequently Waking Up (often gasping or choking due to OSA)
- The Need for Sleep Aid & Medication
- Drowsiness Throughout the Day (Hypersomnia)
- Overall Low Energy
- Inability to Concentrate or Focus During the Day
- Anxiety & Stress
- Depression & Mental Anguish
- Decreased Libido or Sex Drive
Causes of Insomnia
In addition, insomnia is a common symptoms and side effect of OSA, or Obstructed Sleep Apnea. As the individual is constantly awaken due to the lack of oxygen, as well as the constant snoring they are unable to get restful REM sleep. This keep them up at night and causes patients to lose out hour of valuable mental relaxation. Other common causes include:
- Prescription & Non-Prescription Medication
- Caffeine Use
- Vitamins, Herbs, and Minerals
Insomnia often worsens with age and affects close 40% of ALL adult men and women. In order to find a cure, it generally required finding some underlying mental or physical causes, and a sleep study or Polysomnography is usually necessary for an accurate diagnosis as well the development of an adequate treatment plan.
For more information on treatment protocols for Sleep Apnea related Insomnia, contact Dr. Pinkhasova today.