Every once in a while we experience a sleepless night or two. However, having many concurrent sleepless nights is a cause for concern. This is what is known as insomnia. When this happens, it is time to consult a physician in order to figure out what causes you distress, and how to resolve the situation.
What is Insomnia?
Insomnia is a sleep disorder, defined by the inability to sleep or stay asleep. Many people with insomnia are sometimes unable to fall back to sleep after waking up several hours earlier than they usually do. How long the condition lasts can vary. Some have experienced difficulties sleeping for more than three weeks—while others, more than four weeks.
What Causes the Disorder?
This disorder is usually a symptom of one or many underlying conditions. Sometimes medications, sleep apnea, pain, and other conditions might be the cause of your sleep trouble. While many of the causes are different, their symptoms prevent adequate sleep, leading to insomnia. Some sleep disorders, like sleep apnea, can impede your breathing. This can make it difficult to sleep at night, or can wake you up suddenly in the middle of the night.
What Happens if It Is Not Resolved?
There are many debilitating effects to insomnia. The disorder can be responsible for the following:
- Memory issues
- Heart conditions
- Restless Leg Syndrome
People often find that their quality of life is negatively impacted. It is suggested you should maintain a regular sleep schedule, as a part of proper “sleep hygiene,” in order to prevent insomnia from occurring. You should also avoid over-exercising and substance abuse, which are common causes.
Treating Underlying Conditions
If one of the underlying conditions causing your insomnia happens to be either sleep apnea or a deviated septum, then there is a solution to ending your difficulties sleeping. Balloon sinuplasty is a minimally invasive procedure designed to treat these sleep disorders. It is quick, relatively painless, and the recovery times are fast. So consider visiting an ENT physician to end those restless nights.