Insomnia, the most common sleep disorder, affects up to 40 percent of the Canadian population with more than 30% of adults suffering from this condition. Approximately 60 percent of adults over the age of 60 suffer from insomnia. This disorder is more prevalent than cancer, heart disease and diabetes. If left untreated it can affect your quality of life and performance at school and/or work.
Insomnia is a broad term that includes several sleeping disorders. The most common forms are acute insomnia, chronic insomnia, and transient insomnia. It is a condition that can affect people of all ages, especially adult women, and may have various causes such as stress, depression, anxiety, chronic pain, and alcohol and caffeine consumption. It may also be caused by other sleep disorders such as narcolepsy and sleep apnea. Genetics can also increase your risk of insomnia, with approximately 35 percent of those suffering from this condition having a family history of insomnia. Other risk factors include aging and hyperthyroidism.
Most people with insomnia only sleep for short periods of time, are awake for hours before falling asleep, or wake up too early, oftentimes feeling tired and fatigued, and as if they haven’t slept at all. Chronic insomnia, which can last for years, causes mood disturbances, daytime, sleepiness, poor memory, fatigue, headaches, inability to focus, low motivation and gastrointestinal issues. Insomnia symptoms may vary from one person to another and can be short-term or long-term.
Treatment for insomnia can be as simple as adjusting your daily routine to introducing music therapy or requiring dimmer lights in your home or office.
At Brentwood Medical Clinic, Dr. Ali Ghahary helps to treat those suffering from insomnia by recommending good sleeping habits, and in severe cases, prescribes sleep aides. While Dr. Ghahary is presently not accepting new patients, if you are dealing with insomnia it is a good idea to monitor your sleeping patterns and consult a physician.