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Insomnia

Houston Pulmonary, Sleep & Allergy Associates

Pulmonologists, Allergists, & Sleep Medicine Doctors located in Houston, TX & Cypress, TX

If you usually have trouble falling asleep or find yourself waking up in the middle of the night, you may have insomnia. The skilled team at Houston Pulmonary, Sleep & Allergy Associates, offers evidence-based treatments for children and adults with insomnia at three convenient locations in Cypress and Houston, Texas. To find relief from insomnia, call your nearest office or schedule an appointment online today.

Insomnia Q & A

What is insomnia?

Insomnia is a common sleep disorder that involves difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep, or both. People with insomnia either don’t get enough sleep, or the sleep they do get is poor quality. Lack of sleep causes a variety of problems during the day, including fatigue, trouble concentrating, and an increased risk of accidents. 

The experts at Houston Pulmonary, Sleep & Allergy Associates specialize in treating sleep disorders, including insomnia and parasomnias like night terrors and sleepwalking.

What causes insomnia?

Insomnia can be a standalone problem, or it may be the result of another condition. Common causes of insomnia include:

  • Stress
  • Poor sleep habits
  • Travel or schedule changes
  • Mental health conditions like anxiety
  • Consuming too much caffeine
  • Drinking too much alcohol
  • Sleep-related disorders like sleep apnea
  • Medical conditions like asthma or chronic pain

Insomnia can also be a side effect of certain medications, including antidepressants and asthma medications. 

What are the symptoms of insomnia?

In addition to difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, insomnia may cause the following symptoms:

  • Waking up too early
  • Daytime sleepiness
  • Feeling tired after a night’s sleep
  • Irritability, anxiety, or depression
  • Trouble focusing on tasks
  • Increased accidents or errors
  • Persistent worry about not being able to sleep

If any of these symptoms interfere with your normal life, the team at Houston Pulmonary, Sleep & Allergy Associates can help.

What tests and procedures diagnose insomnia?

First, the team at Houston Pulmonary, Sleep & Allergy Associates, performs a physical exam to check for an underlying medical problem. They carefully review your medical history as well as your lifestyle and sleep habits. 

Depending on your needs, they may conduct tests, such as a blood test or sleep study. A sleep study measures various bodily functions while you sleep, including your brain activity and breathing. Houston Pulmonary, Sleep & Allergy Associates, use the AirView™ home sleep study so you can relax in the comfort of your own home.  

What treatments are available for insomnia?

After they diagnose the cause of your insomnia, the team at Houston Pulmonary, Sleep & Allergy Associates recommends the best course of treatment. They customize your treatment plan to meet your specific needs. This may include medications to help you sleep or lifestyle measures like relaxation techniques. 

If your insomnia is due to a medical condition like sleep apnea, they may prescribe a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) device. 

To find out how you can overcome insomnia, call Houston Pulmonary, Sleep & Allergy Associates, or book an appointment online today.