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Insomnia

What is Insomnia?

Insomnia is a symptom, not a disorder. If you experience difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep you are suffering from insomnia. Insomnia may last for days (transient), weeks (short-term) or months (chronic). If you suffer from insomnia you should consult your physician for treatment. Sleep medication is generally considered a short-term solution. Chronic insomnia always requires a sleep consultation to identify all the potential causes. Factors that may cause insomnia include:

  • Stress
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Physical illness
  • Caffeine ingestion
  • Irregular sleep schedules
  • Drugs (including alcohol and nicotine)
  • Occasional or chronic pain
  • “chronic worriers”

Who is most at risk for insomnia?

Individuals who are “chronic worriers” or who are organized by nature, have a perfectionist aspect to their personality, or experience difficulty “turning off their brain” have a greater potential to develop insomnia.

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  • Main Office:
    (781) 647-PAIN / (781) 647-7246
  • Concord Office: (781) 996-6700
  • Natick Office: (781) 895-7980
  • Fax: (781) 290-0720
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