Chronic Insomnia

chronic insomnia

National Sleep Awareness Month is an ideal time to focus on chronic insomnia, a pervasive sleep disorder that affects millions worldwide. An inability to fall asleep and stay asleep night after night does more than rob you of rest – it can significantly impact your physical and mental health.

What Is Chronic Insomnia?

Health providers define chronic insomnia as a condition that lasts three months or more and is unrelated to another health issue. Unlike acute insomnia – which is typically temporary and stems from specific life events – chronic insomnia is a long-term issue requiring comprehensive evaluation and treatment to manage effectively.

The physical and mental health symptoms associated with chronic insomnia are extensive.

  • Increased risk of other chronic conditions: Long-term sleep deprivation can make it more likely that you will develop heart disease, diabetes, or high blood pressure.
  • Weakened immune system: Insufficient sleep can weaken your body’s immune response, making you more susceptible to infections.
  • Weight gain and obesity: Insomnia can disrupt the hormones that regulate hunger and appetite, leading to weight gain.
  • Impaired cognitive function: Chronic sleep deprivation can affect your memory, concentration, and cognitive abilities, reducing your overall productivity and performance.
  • Increased anxiety and depression: Lack of sleep can exacerbate anxiety and depression symptoms, creating a vicious cycle of sleeplessness and poor mental health.
  • Mood swings: Sleep deprivation can lead to emotional instability, irritability, and increased stress.
  • Decreased quality of life: The cumulative effect of these physical and mental health issues can severely impact your overall quality of life.

Causes of Chronic Insomnia

Several factors can contribute to the development of chronic insomnia.

  • Stress and anxiety: Persistent worries about your job, health, finances, or family can keep your mind active at night, making it difficult to sleep.
  • Poor sleep habits: Irregular sleep schedules, an uncomfortable bedroom, and exposing yourself to blue light before bed can interfere with your sleep cycle.
  • Mental health disorders: Conditions such as depression, anxiety, and PTSD are often associated with sleep disturbances.
  • Medical conditions and medications: Certain medical conditions and the medications used to treat them can disrupt sleep.
  • Substance use: Consumption of caffeine, alcohol, and other substances can affect sleep quality.

How Amend Wellness Can Help

At Amend Wellness, we understand the complexities of chronic insomnia and the profound impact it can have on your life. Our comprehensive approach to treatment includes:

  • Thorough evaluations: Our specialists conduct detailed assessments to identify the underlying causes of your insomnia.
  • Personalized treatment plans: We offer holistic, evidence-based treatment plans and cutting-edge technologies that account for all aspects of your well-being.
  • Support and guidance: Our team will adjust your therapies based on the progress you make during your stay with us.

Better Nights Lead to Brighter Days

Chronic insomnia is a frustrating challenge, but help is available. Amend Wellness’ investment in luxurious amenities extends to Tempur-Pedic mattresses, which conform to your body for ultimate comfort. Reach out to us and learn how a visit to our retreat will help you restore your health and regain your ability to get a full night’s sleep.