There are several different treatments for sleep insomnia.
A doctor may recommend a sleep study, a sleep log, or blood tests to rule out other medical conditions (or all of the above!)
If insomnia is a symptom of another disorder, such as depressions, psychotherapy may be recommended.
If a case of insomnia is severe enough, sometimes medication will be used, though this is avoided when possible at risk of the patient forming a dependency. Medications sometimes used are: Benzodiasepine hypnotics, non-benzodizepine hyptnotics, and melatonin receptor agnostics.
The most common treatment for insomnia is proper sleep hygiene. Sleep hygiene are habits before bedtime that help ensure proper night time rest, and subsequent alertness during the day.
Some good sleep hygiene tips:
- Follow same routine every night
- Have a scheduled bedtime
- Use bed only for sleeping – No television, reading, or eating in bed
- Exercise! – Keeping a regular exercise routine is important. Even ten minutes of working out a day can make a difference!
- Avoid stimulants (like caffeine), or snacks, before bed
- Have a pleasant, comfortable sleep environment- Good, comfortable pillow and mattress, and calm relaxing surroundings.