Insomnia is a common sleep disorder that can make it hard to fall asleep, hard to stay asleep, or cause you to wake up too early and not be able to get back to sleep. You may still feel tired when you wake up. The condition can be short-term (acute) or can last a long time (chronic). It may also come and go. Acute insomnia lasts from 1 night to a few weeks. Insomnia is chronic when it happens at least 3 nights a week for 3 months or more.

Symptoms of Insomnia

Insomnia symptoms may include –

  • Difficulty falling asleep at night
  • Waking up during the night
  • Waking up too early
  • Not feeling well rested after a night’s sleep
  • Daytime tiredness or sleepiness
  • Irritability, depression or anxiety
  • Difficulty paying attention, focusing on tasks or remembering
  • Increased errors or accidents
  • On-going worries about sleep
  • Fatigue
  • Grumpiness
  • Problems with concentration or memory

What are the causes of insomnia?

The causes of insomnia include:

  • Medical Causes Nasal and sinus allergies Endocrine problems such as hyperthyroidism Arthritis Asthma Neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s disease Chronic pain Low back pain Sleep Apnea Prescription drugs such as antidepressants and medications for asthma or blood pressure also some pain medication, allergy and cold medications, and weight loss products.
  • Psychological Causes Depression Anxiety Stress
  • Lifestyle Causes Sedentary Lifestyle Lack of exercise Substance abuse Rotational Shift work Jet lag Time zone change Not getting enough exposure to sunlight Drinking too much caffeine Overheating a bedroom Eating too much during dinner Poor sleep habits

Types of Insomnia

Insomnia can be differentiated into the following types –

  • Acute InsomniaAcute insomnia is short-term insomnia that can last from a few days to a few weeks. It’s the most common type of insomnia. Acute insomnia is also referred to as adjustment insomnia because it typically occurs when you experience a stressful event, such as the death of a loved one or starting a new job. Often, acute insomnia is the result of stress, and once the event causing stress passes, you should be able to sleep better. However, acute insomnia can still affect other areas of your life, and it's important to know how to treat your sleep troubles and get through it.
  • Chronic InsomniaInsomnia is considered chronic if you have trouble sleeping at least three days per week for at least one month. Chronic Insomnia can be primary or secondary. Primary chronic insomnia, which is also called idiopathic insomnia, doesn’t have an obvious cause or underlying medical condition. Secondary insomnia, also called comorbid insomnia, is more common. It’s chronic insomnia that occurs with another condition.
  • Onset Insomnia Onset insomnia is trouble initiating sleep. This type of insomnia can be short term or chronic. Any of the causes of acute and chronic insomnia can make it difficult to fall asleep. Psychological or psychiatric issues are the most common causes. These include stress, anxiety, or depression. Caffeine and other stimulants can also prevent you from falling asleep.
  • Maintenance InsomniaMaintenance insomnia is difficulty staying asleep or waking up too early and having trouble getting back to sleep. This type of insomnia causes you to worry about not being able to fall back asleep and not getting enough sleep. This interferes with sleep further, creating a vicious cycle. Maintenance insomnia can be caused by mental health conditions, such as depression. Other medical conditions that can cause you to wake up include:
    • Sleep Apnea
    • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease
    • Asthma and other respiratory conditions
    • Restless leg syndrome
    • Periodic Limb Movement Disorder
  • Behavioural Insomnia of ChildhoodBehavioural insomnia of childhood affects approximately 25% trusted source of children. It’s divided into three subtypes:
  • ⦁ Behavioural Insomnia of Childhood Sleep-onset. This type results from negative associations with sleep, such as learning to go to sleep by being rocked or nursed. They may also include having a parent present or watching TV while falling asleep.
  • Behavioural Insomnia of Childhood Limit-setting.  This type of BIC involves a child’s refusal to go to bed and repeated attempts to put off going to sleep. Examples of this behaviour are asking for a drink, to go to the bathroom, or for a parent to read them another story.
  • Behavioural Insomnia of Childhood Combined type. This form is a combination of the other two subtypes of BIC. This occurs when a child has a negative association with sleep and resists going to bed because of a lack of limit-setting by a parent or caretaker.
  • Behavioural Insomnia of Childhood can usually be resolved with a few behavioural changes, such as creating a healthy sleep routine or learning self-soothing or relaxation techniques.

Who is prone to insomnia?

Some of the people are more prone to insomnia than others such as –

  • Women who suffer from PMS
  • Women who have experienced menopause
  • Elderly People
  • People suffering from psychological conditions such as depression
  • People who suffer from medical conditions such as arthritis, allergies, asthma, back pain, gastrointestinal problems, etc.
  • People who take certain medications such as antidepressants or medication for allergies, cold and weight loss.

When to see Dr. Shri Nivas in case of insomnia?

Dr. Shri Nivas is the best psychiatrist in Jaipur and there can be nobody better than him to treat your insomnia. When you see the above mentioned symptoms you need to contact the best psychiatrist in Jaipur. He will provide you with the best insomnia treatment by giving fewer medications and more therapy sessions. In case of following you need to contact Dr. Shri Nivas -

  • When the symptoms last for more than 4 weeks.
  • When you wake up at night due to physical pain
  • When you notice painful crawling sensation in your legs when trying to sleep
  • When you notice changes in your mood, energy and appetite

What can Dr. Shri Nivas do?

What can Dr. Shri Nivas do? The best psychiatrist in Jaipur will provide you with simple treatment strategies to help you sleep better so that with les medication you can regain your sleep. He may also conduct certain test if suspected, that sleep problems are caused by health conditions. He may also check for thyroid and other possible culprits that may be a reason for your sleeplessness. Often depression and anxiety are also seen with insomnia. To avoid medications he may discuss about life style changes for better sleep and hygiene.

The best psychiatrist in Jaipur is the right option to get your insomnia treated and after 2 visits only you will feel that you have paved your way to beautiful sleep.