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Insomnia is a sleeping disorder characterized by persistent difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep despite the opportunity. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, approximately 64 million Americans regularly suffer from insomnia each year, and it is more common in women than in men.

If you struggle with sleep, take our Sleep Risk Assessment to learn more about your risk for sleep disorders. Then, schedule an appointment with your SSM Health provider to discuss your results and learn about the steps you can take for better sleep.

Causes of Insomnia

Insomnia can be caused by other problems, such as a medical condition that causes pain or use of substances that interfere with sleep. Common causes of insomnia include:

  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Medications
  • Caffeine, nicotine, or alcohol
  • Medical conditions
  • Change in your environment or work schedule
  • Eating too much late in the evening

Insomnia becomes more prevalent with age. As you get older, changes can occur that may affect your sleep. You may experience a change in sleep patterns, activity or in your health. In addition, the increased use of medications increase the chance of insomnia caused by a medication.

Insomnia can be treated with medications or by taking steps that promote sleep.  Prompt diagnosis and treatment of the condition can greatly improve your quality of life and overall health, so don’t delay asking for help if you struggle with sleep. We understand the impact the condition can have on your life and will work with you to create a treatment plan that leaves you feeling rested and ready for your day.

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