Is Your Insomnia Keeping You Up at Night? We Can Help!

An occasional sleepless night isn’t uncommon, but if you can’t sleep night after night, your mental health and physical health are at stake. 

Long-term lack of sleep can increase your risk of weight gain, a weakened immune system, Type 2 diabetes, and high blood pressure. Not to mention, it’s just hard to make it through the day when you’re exhausted. 

Our board-certified psychiatrist, Jacob Bishop, MD, and board-certified neuropsychologist, Peter Gager, PhD, understand how insomnia affects your health and quality of life. At the Brain Health Center, we help you overcome insomnia so you can get the rest your mind and body deserve.

In this blog, we explore the common causes of insomnia and how we can help.

What’s keeping you up at night?

If you drink a large coffee right before bed, it’s easy to guess why you’re wide awake. But caffeine isn’t the only cause of insomnia. There are many factors to consider. 

For example, some medications list insomnia as a side effect. High stress levels, pain, exercising too close to bedtime, and a noisy house also make it harder to fall asleep.

Your bedroom itself might not be conducive to a good night of sleep. According to the Sleep Foundation, the ideal bedroom should be cool and dark and outfitted with a high-quality mattress.

Environmental factors and medications aren’t the only culprits. Mental health conditions also affect your sleep. Depression, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) can affect your sleeping habits.

Ways we can help you get the sleep you deserve

Are you struggling to sleep? Here are three ways we can help:

Diagnose underlying psychiatric conditions

The first step to conquering insomnia is to pinpoint what exactly is keeping you from a good night of sleep. Studies show that there’s a two-way relationship between sleep and mental health: A lack of sleep can exacerbate symptoms of mental health conditions, but mental health conditions can also create sleep difficulties. 

If you’re stuck in this cycle, getting an accurate diagnosis can help you manage your symptoms associated with depression, anxiety, or other issues, and it can also help manage insomnia.

Treat underlying psychiatric conditions

If an untreated condition is connected to insomnia, we can get to the root of the problem by treating any underlying mental health conditions. 

Offer transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS)

In addition to diagnosing and treating insomnia-inducing mental health conditions, Dr. Bishop may also suggest transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), a cutting-edge psychiatric treatment. 

During TMS therapy, gentle magnetic energy waves stimulate specific areas in your brain — areas that tend to be underactive if you have depression, anxiety, or ADHD. 

In a review published by the Clinical TMS Society, researchers noted several studies in which TMS is used safely and effectively as an off-label treatment for insomnia.

If requested, we will perform an assessment to determine if medications or other interventions wouid be helpful in addition to TMS therapy.

Ready to catch some zzz’s? If you’d like to learn more about the off-label use of TMS therapy for insomnia, call our Lexington, Kentucky office to book an appointment.

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