Insomnia

Insomnia Specialist
Insomnia is a condition that affects everything from energy levels to work performance. Meena Mehta, MD in Concord, Massachusetts is a board-certified specialist in sleep medicine. Her specialized training helps her understand the impact of insomnia and ways to find solutions for it. For most patients, that means lifestyle changes first and medication therapy, if necessary. It's important to see a specialist for chronic insomnia to ensure the treatment plan is both safe and effective.

Insomnia Q & A

Meena Mehta, MD

What is insomnia?

Insomnia is a broad term that describes the inability to fall asleep or stay asleep. It is a sleep disorder that has a distinctive effect on quality of life. Without enough sleep, a person feels tired all the time. They have trouble controlling their frustration or anger. They may get depressed and feel like giving up.

The impact of this sleep disorders goes beyond mental capacity, though. There are real health concerns when a person can't get the proper amount of sleep. Long-term insomnia can reduce your ability to fight infection and put you at risk for chronic illnesses such as heart disease or hypertension. When you make an appointment with Dr. Mehta or Li Chin Sun, NP-C, you can expect a complete health assessment to prevent serious complications, as well as treatment for the sleep disorder.

What are the symptoms of insomnia?

Insomnia is really about more than just the occasional poor night's sleep. If you have a sleep disorder, you tend to have trouble most nights. The symptoms vary by patient, but some common complaints include:

  • Troubling falling asleep
  • Frequent waking during the night
  • Waking up earlier than necessary
  • Not feeling well-rested in the morning
  • Daytime tiredness
  • Irritability, moodiness, or depression
  • Poor focus

If you worry about sleep, or lack of it, it causes significant anxiety. When insomnia interferes with your ability to function daily, it's time to see a sleep specialist like Dr. Mehta.

What causes insomnia?

It's difficult to say what causes insomnia. Generally speaking, this sleep disorder may be a side effect of stress or a change in habit. There is usually an underlying cause, and Dr. Mehta or Li Chin Sun will find it. Figuring out the trigger for the disorder and managing it is the most practical treatment option. Some common causes include:

  • Travel
  • Odd work schedule
  • Poor sleep habits
  • Eating late at night
  • Mental health disorders
  • Medications
  • Medical condition
  • Another sleep disorder such as sleep apnea
  • Excess caffeine or alcohol

Insomnia is also sometimes related to aging. Lifestyle changes like retiring can throw off your daily schedule and activity levels. Certain chronic conditions related to aging like arthritis or bladder problems can also stir insomnia. It’s important to talk with Dr. Mehta or Li Chin Sun about recent changes in your life and any symptoms you experience so they can quickly find a diagnosis.

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