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Insomnia Specialist

Ormond Internal Medicine

Primary Care Practice & Internal Medicine located in Volusia County, Ormond Beach, FL

Perhaps the only thing more frustrating than not being able to fall asleep is the feeling of waking up after not getting enough sleep. At Ormond Internal Medicine in Ormond Beach, Florida, Gail van Diepen, DO, and the experienced team help patients who are dealing with insomnia by creating customized treatment plans with your individual lifestyle in mind to give you a full, satisfying night of sleep. If you have problems falling asleep or staying asleep, call Ormond Internal Medicine or book your appointment online today.

Insomnia Q & A

What is insomnia?

Insomnia is a disorder that affects your ability to fall asleep, stay asleep, or both. It’s the most common sleep disorder in the United States, affecting roughly 40 million people each year. 

Beyond the obvious inability to sleep properly, insomnia comes with other symptoms that affect your nights and days. You might experience:

  • Mood swings
  • Irritability
  • Sleepiness during the day
  • Poor concentration
  • Anxiety
  • A general feeling of sickness 
  • Headaches
  • Digestive issues

Getting adequate sleep allows you to think more clearly and focus throughout your day. Sleep deprivation from insomnia can disrupt your life and even lead to accidents with cars or other heavy machinery.

What’s causing my insomnia?

Insomnia has countless potential causes. Some cases come from underlying medical conditions, while others are kick-started by a significant change or event in your life. A few of the many common causes of insomnia are:

  • Anxiety disorders
  • Hormonal changes
  • Jet lag
  • Different altitudes
  • Different temperatures
  • Noise
  • Pain
  • Sleep apnea

Your insomnia can last for just one or two nights, or it can affect you for years as a chronic condition. If your insomnia persists no matter what you try at home, it’s time to visit Ormond Internal Medicine for professional insomnia treatment.

What are my medical treatment options for insomnia?

The first step in treating your insomnia is to identify its underlying cause. The team at Ormond Internal Medicine asks about your lifestyle, medical history, and recent changes in your life that might play a part in your inability to sleep.

There are three ways to approach insomnia treatment. Your provider initially suggests an integrative approach, combining lifestyle changes with prescription medication. If this shows little success, they will consider a third option — cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) for insomnia.

Prescription sleeping pills, when used according to your doctor’s instructions, are a safe, short-term way to bring sleep. When used alongside long-term healthy life choices, such as cutting out nicotine and caffeine, turning off electronics at bedtime, sticking to a sleep schedule, and trying relaxation techniques, they help to sustainably restore regular sleep patterns.

Getting enough sleep allows you to be your most efficient self during the day. If you’re having problems sleeping, call Ormond Internal Medicine or book an appointment online for insomnia treatment.