Insomnia

San Francisco Neurology and Sleep Center

Sleep Lab located in Chinatown, San Francisco, CA

Struggling to fall or stay asleep? It might be insomnia. Sleep is critical for health and lack of sleep can severely impact your quality of life. Insomnia can be a condition on its own, or a side effect of a different health problem like depression or chronic pain. For insomnia diagnosis and treatment in Chinatown, San Francisco, visit Joy Meng, MD, at San Francisco Neurology and Sleep Center With an on-site sleep lab, sleep testing, and more, the team can help you start sleeping better sooner. Make an appointment over the phone today.

Insomnia Q & A

What is insomnia?

Insomnia is a sleep disorder characterized by the inability to fall asleep or stay asleep. People with insomnia can also wake up during the night and struggle to get back to sleep. Insomnia can be a frustrating condition that leads to decreased energy, bad mood, and poor quality of life.

Sleep is an important part of your overall well-being. While you sleep, your body restores mental and physical health. Your brain creates new pathways, helping you learn and remember, and your body repairs muscle, blood vessels, and heart function.

If you don’t get enough sleep, your body and mind suffer. Chronic insomnia puts you at risk for chronic conditions like heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and stroke. Sleep deficiency can even put you at risk for depression and anxiety. 

What are the signs of insomnia?

The most easily identifiable signs of insomnia are:

  • Difficulty falling asleep
  • Inability to stay asleep
  • Waking up very early

Because sleep is so important for mental and physical wellness, lack of sleep can also cause:

  • Daytime sleepiness
  • Irritability
  • Depression or anxiety
  • Difficulty focusing on tasks
  • Decreased performance at work or school

Many people experience acute insomnia, or short periods of time where sleep is difficult. Causes of acute insomnia often include stress or a traumatic event, and this type of insomnia can last a few days to a few weeks. 

If you struggle with insomnia for a month or more, you may have chronic insomnia. Long-term insomnia can severely impact your quality of life, relationships, and performance at work or school. 

How is insomnia diagnosed and treated?

Treating insomnia depends on finding the cause. Common causes of insomnia include stress, sleep habits, pre-existing medical conditions, lifestyle habits, and even age. Because there are so many potential causes of sleep deficiency, it can be hard to find out what’s causing your insomnia.

The team at San Francisco Neurology and Sleep Center works with you to understand insomnia and how it impacts you. A review of your sleep habits, coupled with a sleep study, allows the experts to determine what’s causing your insomnia, helping you start getting better sleep. 

A sleep study is an overnight, non-invasive medical test that takes place in the sleep lab. The team monitors your heart rate, breathing patterns, body movements, and more. The doctor evaluates your results to give you recommendations for treating insomnia. 

How can I get better sleep?

Insomnia can often be managed by implementing good sleep habits. Some methods for improving sleep include:

  • Managing stress
  • Getting regular physical activity during the day
  • Avoiding caffeine, alcohol, and nicotine
  • Making your bedroom a relaxing environment
  • Not taking naps

Good quality sleep is important for your health and happiness. If you think you may have insomnia, find help at San Francisco Neurology and Sleep Center, Inc. Talk to the team to make an appointment or book online.