Poor sleep, or insomnia, is one of the most common health issues in our society and one of the most often-heard complaints of patients who come to our office. Everyone knows that when they don’t sleep well, the next day they don’t feel as alert and perhaps not so “upbeat.” But lack of adequate sleep is associated with an almost endless list of symptoms and medical problems.
Among them are:
- Skin aging/Poor appearance
- Weight gain
- Poor focus and concentration
- Decreased productivity
- Joint pains
- Mood disorders/Irritability
- Anxiety disorders
- Adrenal malfunction
Directly or indirectly, almost every body system and function is negatively affected by lack of sleep. In fact, there are only two factors that can be modified by individuals that are known to be consistently associated with an increased lifespan: One of them is getting 7.8 hours per night average of good quality sleep.
Insomnia comes in several different forms: difficulty falling asleep, difficulty staying asleep, poor quality sleep, light sleep, difficulty falling back asleep, and early waking. In order to properly treat your sleep disorder, Dr. Leder will need to thoroughly evaluate your problem, as to what type or types of insomnia you have, get a thorough idea of your lifestyle and pre-bedtime behavior pattern, and test you appropriately to figure out the source of your insomnia.
Such diverse causes as stress, anxiety, depression, hormonal imbalance, nutrient deficiency, thyroid or adrenal inadequacy, allergies, pain, or breathing issues can lead to sleep problems. Although basic sleep products (over-the-counter, natural, and pharmaceutical) can all potentially improve sleep to some extent, the best way to find a safe and long-lasting solution is to treat the true underlying cause of the problem if it can be discerned.
Because of the central role of adequate sleep in good health, the doctor is strongly committed to finding a working solution for insomnia in all of her patients, using all of the wide variety of diagnostic tests, treatment techniques and products available to her. Don’t let this medical problem go unaddressed in your life for another day!!