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Insomnia

Dental Sleep Medicine located in Tampa, FL

Insomnia

Insomnia services offered in Tampa, FL


Do you have a hard time falling asleep? Do you struggle to sleep through the night? If so, there’s a chance you have insomnia. Insomnia affects 30-40% of adults, and that lack of rest causes extreme fatigue during the day and puts you at risk for health problems. At Sleep Better Tampa in Florida, Juliet Bulnes-Newton, DMD, evaluates your symptoms and helps restore your sleep with treatments for insomnia and its frequent companion, sleep apnea. To schedule an appointment, call the office or connect using the online booking system today.

Insomnia Q&A


What is insomnia?

Insomnia is a sleep disorder that occurs when you:

  • Have a hard time falling asleep
  • Stay awake most of the night
  • Awaken frequently during the night
  • Wake up too early and can’t get back to sleep

You may have insomnia regardless of whether you experience one or more of the above problems. You also have symptoms such as fatigue during the day, difficulty concentrating, memory problems, irritability, and depression.

What causes insomnia?

Consuming caffeine close to bedtime and daily stress are two of the top culprits. Your body’s natural sleep-wake cycle may be out of sync, a problem brought on by circadian rhythm sleep disorders. Circadian problems often arise if you work at night or have jet lag.  

You can develop insomnia if you have underlying health problems such as chronic pain, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, heart failure, and restless legs syndrome. Insomnia is also strongly associated with obstructive sleep apnea.

How is sleep apnea associated with insomnia?

Sleep apnea and insomnia are separate sleep disorders, but they have a lot in common. Each one may lead to the other, they’re the two most common sleep disorders, and their symptoms overlap. 

They also frequently occur together, which is called comorbid insomnia and sleep apnea (COMISA). Patients with COMISA may have worse symptoms than those with only one sleep disorder. COMISA also causes a higher risk of developing complications such as cardiovascular disease.

How is insomnia diagnosed?

Your provider at Sleep Better Tampa begins with a thorough evaluation of your symptoms and overall health. They review your sleep habits and may ask you to keep a sleep diary.

You may need a sleep study if your provider needs to evaluate the cause of your insomnia further or if you have symptoms of another sleep disorder such as sleep apnea.

How is insomnia treated?

Insomnia treatment begins by addressing problems like stress and underlying health conditions. Your treatment includes changes in your sleep environment and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). These therapies produce longer-lasting results without the risk of side effects from medications.

If you also have sleep apnea, your provider at Sleep Better Tampa recommends lifestyle changes when needed and can provide oral appliance therapy.

You can overcome insomnia with help from the team at Sleep Better Tampa. To schedule a consultation, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.

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