It is estimated that one-third to one-half of adults suffer from Insomnia, while at least 10% experience Insomnia at levels that are debilitating.
Insomnia should always be taken seriously - not only because of its impact on your life, but because it can be a symptom of a number of serious underlying conditions, like Parkinson’s. Also, the cumulative effect of untreated Insomnia can lead to increased risk of hypertension, heart attack, stroke, diabetes, obesity or depression. It can cause issues with mental function – especially concentration and memory – and even contribute to premature aging.
At the Wellness and Aesthetics Medical Center in San Antonio, TX, we offer the most up-to-date evaluation and treatment for Insomnia so you reach a state of complete freedom from its symptoms.
Insomnia is the most common sleep disorder, and it involves not only problems falling asleep, but difficulty staying asleep.
Premature waking with an inability to fall back asleep is one aspect of the disorder, but sometimes it manifests as frequent awakening. Oftentimes, patients with insomnia are not fully rested and still feel tired when they wake up.
Chronic Insomnia – or Persistent Insomnia Disorder – is diagnosed when episodes of insomnia occur three or more nights per week and lasts for one month or longer.
There are a wide variety of factors that can cause Insomnia, from medical or mental health conditions to vitamin deficiencies or certain medications and supplements. Insomnia has been linked to:
Insomnia can occur at any age in either gender, but it is most common in women over 60.
Symptoms of Insomnia can include:
Insomnia is diagnosed from your medical history and list of symptoms. More importantly, we must ascertain the root cause of your insomnia in order to treat it effectively.
At The Wellness & Aesthetics Medical Center we understand that the proper diagnosis and treatment is critical. If you are experiencing symptoms, our goal is to uncover the source of your symptoms – which could involve sleep studies or medical testing to diagnose underlying conditions.
The underlying cause of your insomnia must be determined before effective treatment can occur.
For example, if sleep apnea is an underlying condition, it must be addressed to treat your insomnia symptoms. If you’re taking a medication or supplement that causes insomnia, alternatives must be prescribed.
Treatment for insomnia can range from:
At The Wellness & Aesthetics Medical Center, we recognize that each individual requires a healing regimen customized specifically in line with the overall health profile and specific symptoms. We recommend that you compile a list of your health symptoms prior to your first consultation.
Physicians generally recommend that adults consistently get between 7 and 9 hours of sleep each night. Most individuals who sleep less than 7 hours a night generally exhibit more health concerns than those who receive adequate sleep. However, there are individuals who for some reason require less or more sleep. If you are not experiencing negative effects from a lack of sleep and are in good health, you simply may not require as much sleep as other people.
Occasional sleeplessness is normal, but if it is interfering with your quality of life, your health or your mental functioning, your Insomnia should be addressed. Rest assured that we will look at your medical history, combined with a list of your symptoms and any necessary testing, to develop an accurate diagnosis. Insomnia can be a symptom of a serious underlying condition. Left untreated, it can lead to increased risk of hypertension, heart attack, stroke, diabetes, obesity, depression, mental dysfunction and even premature aging.
In some cases, when insomnia is caused by an underlying condition that can be treated and resolved - or a certain medication or supplement that can be discontinued or replaced - proper sleep can be completely restored simply by addressing the issue. In other cases, ongoing interventions may be required to resolve your symptoms.
In either case, our goal is to determine the cause of your Insomnia and develop a customized treatment plan, to ensure that you can maintain symptom-free, restorative sleep.
Dr. Vernon F. Williams is an expert in the field of functional medicine. Learn more about his training and expertise in treating insomnia and other complex medical conditions.
The Wellness & Aesthetics Medical Center
540 Oak Centre Dr, Suite 114
San Antonio, TX 78258
Phone: (210) 985-1700