Friday, May 29, 2009

Insomnia: When Should You Get Help?

Insomnia is the most common sleep complaint; everyone has trouble sleeping at times. So how do you know when your insomnia is severe enough that you should seek help?

This is what sleep specialist
Dr. Donna Arand told the AASM:

“You should seek help when these three statements all describe your insomnia:
1. The insomnia has lasted more than three weeks.
2. It is not improving.
3. It is interfering with your ability to function during the day.”

“Insomnia is often a typical response to a stressful situation. It should disappear as the stress decreases. But bad
sleep habits can develop during the period of stress. This prolongs and establishes the insomnia. It is easier for you to re-establish good sleep if you eliminate these habits early.”

Get more
insomnia advice from Dr. Arand on

Get help for insomnia at an AASM-accredited sleep center near you.

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