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An Overview of Insomnia

Last updated 3 years ago

Sleep disorders affect an estimated 70 million Americans, causing poor-quality sleep that affects health and functionality. Insomnia is a sleep disorder that causes difficulty falling and staying asleep. Memorial Hospital of Tampa’s Diagnostic Sleep Center specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders in Tampa to ensure you can get the high-quality sleep you need every night.

What Is Insomnia?

Insomnia is characterized by trouble falling asleep or staying asleep during the night. Individuals with insomnia may lie awake in bed for hours or wake earlier than intended and cannot fall back to sleep. Insomnia episodes may be sporadic or chronic. Sporadic insomnia causes episodes of sleep difficulty lasting three weeks or less, while chronic insomnia does not improve over the long term.

What Causes Insomnia?

Going to bed and waking up at different times each day can affect your body’s ability to fall asleep on a regular basis. Thinking about daily tasks or worries can also cause your mind to remain awake when you want to sleep. Lifestyle factors such as overnight shifts, consuming caffeine, smoking, and lack of exercise can also cause insomnia. Additionally, medications may affect your ability to sleep on a regular schedule. Depression, anxiety disorders, chronic pain, and thyroid disease can all contribute to insomnia as well.

How Is Insomnia Treated?   

In some cases, developing better sleep hygiene habits and maintaining a regular sleep schedule can eliminate insomnia. Your physician can also prescribe medication to help you sleep or adjust other medications to reduce their effects if they are causing trouble sleeping. Cognitive-behavioral therapy can be useful in treating the underlying cause of insomnia if you also suffer from anxiety, depression, or any other mental health concern. 

At Memorial Hospital of Tampa, we are dedicated to serving our community with comprehensive healthcare services close to home. If you are suffering from insomnia or having trouble sleeping, call (813) 873-6400 to learn more or receive a physician referral for our hospital. You can find more information about your health on our blog


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