Simple Steps To Beat Insomnia
Getting a good night's sleep may be easier than you think.
Insomnia is a common ailment among adults.
Studies show as many as 30 percent of Americans have trouble sleeping at some point in their lives.
In 2009, pharmacists filled 48-million prescriptions for medications like Ambien and Sonata.
Dr. Vivek Jain, director of the Sleep Disorder Center at George Washington Medical Faculty Associates, says using sleep medication is only a quick fix.
Scientists have found that the brains of some people who suffer from sleep problems have a tough time quieting down at night.
They are extra sensitive to insomnia triggers like stress or even a change in routine.
"What we target in therapy is what perpetuates the insomnia. It could have been a move. It could have been a financial problem," Dr. Jain explains.
Dr. Jain says you can get insomnia under control, but it's not easy and it can take a long time.
It involves tracking all of your sleep habits, as well as your nightly routine.
"For the insomniac, one of the lessons I try to tell them right up front is that we are not going to focus on the hours of sleep."
Patient Kristen Rompf started tracking her sleep habits a few months ago and has made a few changes.
She goes to bed later, avoids reading in bed, and has completely cut out all caffeine.
"I don't feel as tired. I can go to work and feel great and then also do things after work," she says.