Free Advice May Lead Insomniacs to Make Unhelpful Changes

Conservative estimates indicate that about 1 in 10 Americans experience trouble sleeping. Many of those who have trouble with sleep will experience chronic or episodic insomnia. Insomnia can be thought of as difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep, or waking earlier than you’d like for greater than a month, often resulting in difficulty functioning during the day. We often say unless you’ve experienced trouble sleeping, it is hard to imagine how sleep (or the lack thereof) can impact your waking life and create feelings of frustration, anxiety, and even panic. Patients with chronic insomnia often feel more irritable and depressed, have trouble concentrating, and find that much of their time is spent thinking about sleep. It becomes a pattern in which they live to sleep – or worry about sleep – rather than sleep to live! A study conducted by The National Sleep Foundation estimates that insomnia costs $100 billion annually in medical expenses, ramifications of accidents, reduced productivity, and impaired job performance.


Britney Blair, Psy.D.

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