Sean R. Thomas, MD, Inc. & Associates

General Family Medicine located in Aliso Viejo, CA

If you have trouble falling to sleep or staying asleep, you may be suffering from insomnia. Get to the root of your condition and find ways to overcome it by scheduling an appointment at Sean R. Thomas, MD, Inc. & Associates, located in Aliso Viejo, California. The compassionate team at Sean R. Thomas, MD, Inc. & Associates is ready to help you. Schedule your appointment online or over the phone today.

Insomnia Q & A

What is insomnia?

Insomnia is a sleep disorder that makes it difficult for you to fall asleep or stay asleep. Typical symptoms of insomnia include:

  • Waking up several times a night
  • Struggling to fall back asleep after waking up
  • Trouble getting to sleep
  • Fatigue when you wake up
  • Waking up too early
  • Irritability
  • Sleepiness during the day
  • Trouble concentrating

Insomnia is either a primary condition or a secondary condition. Insomnia as a secondary condition is a symptom of another condition or illness. There are two main types of insomnia, chronic or acute.

Chronic insomnia

Chronic insomnia is insomnia that you experience at least three nights a week for at least three consecutive months.

Acute insomnia

Acute insomnia is short-lived insomnia that lasts from one night to a few weeks.

What causes insomnia?

Insomnia has a variety of causes. Some of the most common causes of acute insomnia include:

  • Significant stress
  • Certain medications
  • Environmental factors (light pollution, noise, extreme temperatures, etc.)
  • Illness
  • Substance use (alcohol, drugs, etc.)
  • Acid reflux

Some causes of chronic insomnia include:

  • Chronic illnesses
  • Depression or anxiety
  • Chronic pain

How does a doctor determine if I have insomnia?

When you go see the team at Sean R. Thomas, MD, Inc. & Associates about insomnia, they start by getting your medical history and sleep history, and discussing your symptoms with you. Then they may conduct a physical exam and possibly request that you keep a sleep journal for a week or two.

How is insomnia treated?

Depending on the cause of your insomnia and the way it impacts your life, the team at Sean R. Thomas, MD, Inc. & Associates may treat your insomnia in a number of different ways. If your insomnia is acute or mild, they often prescribe better sleep habits, such as:

  • Going to sleep at the same time every night
  • Avoiding naps
  • Avoiding the use of lighted devices like phones or tablets before bed
  • Avoiding alcohol, nicotine, and caffeine late in the day
  • Exercising regularly
  • Eating only light meals in the evening
  • Making your bedroom comfortable
  • Reading to help you fall asleep

If your insomnia is disrupting your daily functioning, the team at Sean R. Thomas, MD, Inc. & Associates may prescribe you sleeping pills for a little while, to help you get back on track. They may also suggest behavioral therapy. If your insomnia is a symptom of another condition, they address that condition as well.

If insomnia has you in a funk, reach out to the team at Sean R. Thomas, MD, Inc. & Associates for help. Book your appointment online or over the phone today.