Brain Health Center


Being unable to get a good night’s sleep can cause significant mental and physical health problems. Integrative psychiatrist Jacob Bishop, MD, of Brain Health Center PSC in Lexington, Kentucky, has considerable experience in helping patients who have insomnia to get the high-quality sleep they need using a safe, painless therapy called transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). Dr. Bishop has found that TMS can greatly help people who have insomnia even when other approaches have failed. Call Brain Health Center today to find out more, or book an appointment online.

Insomnia Q & A

What is insomnia?

Insomnia quite literally keeps you awake at night. If you have insomnia, you find it difficult to fall asleep or you awaken frequently, leaving you feeling tired and unrefreshed in the morning.

Lack of high-quality sleep can cause significant problems with cognitive function, making you fatigued and irritable. Insomnia also leads to difficulty concentrating, and memory impairment is common.

Lack of sleep can also hinder your ability to maintain a healthy weight, and it increases your risk of developing high blood pressure or mood disorders like depression.

What causes insomnia?

Insomnia can develop because of an underlying health condition such as depression or sleep apnea. This is called secondary insomnia. Primary insomnia doesn’t have an underlying cause and can therefore be more challenging to treat.

Common triggers for a bout of insomnia include:

  • Stress
  • Pain
  • Medication
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Noise
  • Light
  • Uncomfortable temperature

Your workday schedule or experiencing jet lag can also trigger insomnia. 

Brief periods of insomnia, such as a few days at a time, aren’t usually anything to worry about, but if your insomnia endures for several months and occurs frequently, you should seek medical help.

How is insomnia treated?

The first step in tackling insomnia is to see whether there’s an underlying cause or trigger. Treating existing medical conditions can reduce the likelihood of insomnia affecting you, and changing your current medications could resolve the problem.

Psychotherapy can be useful in addressing unresolved emotional problems that could be causing insomnia. Some people might also benefit from a course of medication to help them sleep.

In some cases, there’s no obvious underlying cause for insomnia. If you’re struggling to find an answer to your insomnia, Dr. Bishop at Brain Health Center could offer the solution with transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS).

TMS therapy involves using magnetic energy waves to stimulate the areas in the brain that don't fire normally in people with depression, anxiety, and other conditions. TMS is an entirely noninvasive, safe method of treatment which has been used and researched as an off-label treatment for insomnia.

If you would like to try TMS, call Brain Health Center today, or book your appointment online.