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Myths and Facts About Insomnia

Myths and Facts About Insomnia

Insomnia is a sleep disorder that affects 1 in 3 Americans during their lifetime. If you’re tired of being tired, you can find comprehensive care for insomnia at Stat Care Pulmonary and Sleep in St. Petersburg, Florida. 

Our sleep experts, Ashok Tyagi, DO, CPE, and Himanshu Chandarana, MD, offer diagnostic sleep testing to identify the cause of your insomnia. We also provide customized care plans to help you get the high-quality sleep you deserve every night.

Our providers also value the importance of education and offer resources to help you understand what’s contributing to your insomnia. Here, we break down some common myths about this sleep disorder.

Myths and facts about insomnia

MYTH: Insomnia is a psychological issue

FACT: While there’s a link between mental health issues and insomnia, there are many other reasons why you might experience occasional or chronic insomnia.

Those with chronic pain conditions, restless leg syndrome, and poor sleep hygiene are at increased risk for insomnia and other sleep disorders.

MYTH: Weekend sleep-ins solve insomnia

FACT: Many people who experience insomnia during the week mistakenly think they can catch up on the sleep they’ve lost over the weekend.

Unfortunately, sleeping in on weekends can disrupt your body’s natural clock and make your insomnia worse. Daytime napping can also interfere with sleep cycles and keep you up at night.

MYTH: You can live with less sleep

FACT: Your body needs sleep to recharge. Most adults need 7-8 hours of sleep to function at peak levels. However, everyone has different needs, and you may actually need more sleep to fully function during the day.

There’s no way to train yourself to live on less sleep. Over time, sleep deprivation can affect your physical, emotional, and mental health and lead to more serious complications.

MYTH: Insomnia doesn’t need medical attention

FACT: For some people, occasional insomnia related to stress may resolve on its own when the cause of your stress goes away. However, stress isn’t the only cause of insomnia.

Ongoing insomnia can result from many underlying issues — including medical conditions. If you experience multiple sleepless nights, schedule a consultation with our team to discuss your options for at-home or in-lab sleep testing.

Delaying a prompt diagnostic evaluation can increase your risk of complications and ongoing sleep disturbances.

MYTH: Medication is the only treatment option for insomnia

FACT: Some people don’t get the medical attention they need for insomnia because they don’t want to use medications. Short-term medication use can help you fall asleep and stay asleep through the night, but it’s not the only solution.

Our Stat Care Pulmonary and Sleep specialists use several tools besides medications to address insomnia and its causes.

For instance, if you’re not getting good quality sleep because of sleep apnea, a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine can help you get the oxygen you need.

We can also refer you to a therapist specializing in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), a type of talk therapy that addresses anxiety or stress that may be costing you sleep.

Don’t put off a diagnostic evaluation for ongoing insomnia. Call Stat Care Pulmonary and Sleep today to schedule your appointment.



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