Insomnia

Stat Care Pulmonary and Sleep

Pulmonary & Sleep Medicine Specialists located in St. Petersburg, FL

About 10% of people with insomnia experience long-lasting difficulties falling or staying asleep. To identify the root cause of your insomnia, the team at Stat Care Pulmonary and Sleep offers comprehensive sleep studies. Ashok Tyagi, DO, CPE, and Himanshu Chandarana, MD, provide both at-home sleep studies and in-lab sleep testing that helps diagnose sleep apnea and other sleep disorders. If your lack of sleep is disrupting your quality of life, call the office in St. Petersburg, Florida, to schedule sleep testing today or book an appointment online.

Insomnia Q&A

What is insomnia?

Insomnia is a sleep disorder that makes it difficult for you to fall asleep or stay asleep. With insomnia, you may also frequently wake up too early and not be able to fall back to sleep.

You may develop occasional insomnia because of stress or a traumatic situation. If your insomnia becomes chronic, lasting for a month or more, it may be the result of poor sleep habits, an underlying medical condition, or the use of certain medications.

When should I seek treatment for insomnia?

If you have frequent sleepless nights, you should schedule a diagnostic evaluation with the Stat Care Pulmonary and Sleep team. You should also schedule an appointment if you experience other insomnia symptoms like:

  • Daytime sleepiness
  • Persistent fatigue
  • Lack of focus
  • Loss of concentration
  • Anxiety about sleep

A lack of quality sleep due to insomnia can also cause an increase in personal injuries from falls, work injuries, or car accidents. Insomnia can also increase your risk for mental health disorders like depression or an addiction to drugs and alcohol if you try to self-medicate.

How is insomnia diagnosed?

To better understand your sleep habits, the Stat Care Pulmonary and Sleep team offers at-home sleep studies. Sleep testing evaluates your heart rate, blood oxygen levels, and other important details about your health while you sleep in your own bed to diagnose a sleep disorder like sleep apnea or another health issue.

They also have in-lab sleep studies in a comfortable setting that a caring staff oversees to get you an accurate diagnosis.

How is insomnia treated?

Your treatment plan for insomnia may initially include changes to your lifestyle and bedtime routine to improve your sleep quality.  

You should unplug from television, your phone, and other electronics at least an hour before bedtime. Avoiding large meals before bed can also help you fall asleep faster. The Stat Care Pulmonary and Sleep team can recommend other changes you should make to treat insomnia.

Other treatments for insomnia may include:

Medications

In some cases, medications can be useful for helping you fall asleep or stay asleep. Typically, medications are only for short-term use because of their potential side effects. The team can discuss the benefits of medications based on your specific needs.

Cognitive-behavioral therapy

If your insomnia relates to a traumatic event or excess stress, the team may refer you for cognitive-behavioral therapy. This type of talk therapy can give you the tools to better cope with stress and anxiety to improve your quality of sleep.

Sleep apnea treatment

If you have sleep apnea that causes you to snore loudly or wake up during the night gasping for air, you may benefit from a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine. A CPAP device delivers a steady stream of oxygen through a face mask you wear while you sleep.

To schedule a consultation for insomnia, call Stat Care Pulmonary and Sleep today or book an appointment online.