Insomnia is one of many sleep disorders that is characterized by difficulty falling and or staying asleep.
A person has sleep problems non related to any other health conditions
A person has sleep problems because of an underlying issue such as pain, depression, or substance they are using.
There is often cases of sleep state misperception with people who feel they suffer from insomnia. This simply means they fall asleep faster or spend more time asleep than they perceive.
Symptoms the patient may notice include:
Often insomnia goes misdiagnosed to where there are underlying causes to acute or chronic insomnia. This occurs when diaries are filled out as the only means to diagnose Insomnia. Without an objective measure, insomnia goes undetected by both patient and physician. The costs are direct and indirect ranging from work absenteeism, utilization of short-term disability benefits, to work-place accidents. These patients contribute to rising costs among ER visits, inpatient, outpatient and pharmacy.
The most immediate effect of Insomnia is the daytime tiredness, lack of energy, difficulty concentrating and or irritability. Other potential effects of loss of sleep due to Insomnia include serious health problems such as obesity, diabetes and glucose intolerance, cardiovascular disease and stroke. It can also lead to depression, irritability, anxiety, learning and memory difficulties.
In the past, sleep disorders were diagnosed by spending a night in facility based sleep lab, called a polysomnography or PSG. A PSG records multiple biophysiological signals throughout the night after sensors have been applied over much of the body. A PSG can tell what percentage of time you are spending in each stage of sleep (which is a measure of how efficiently you are sleeping) and whether you have other, more rare disorders such as a sleep movement disorder or narcolepsy.
Your physician can also determine if you have insomnia symptoms by asking you to complete a questionnaire compiling a series of sleep related, anxiety, and depression questions. Based on the score of these questions, he or she can order an EEG test. The advantage of the EEG test is that you are being recorded in your own bed, so it is more likely to reflect what happens each night. It is also covered by most insurances and more convenient.
Many people find it difficult to sleep in new places, let alone covered in electrodes with someone watching from the next room. Your routine before bed is not interrupted so we are capturing a typical night. With a head band containing just 3 sensors on your forehead, VirtuSOM can validate your insomnia symptoms or reveal underlying causes.
No need to drive across town, miss work or hassle with your insurance company to see if an expensive procedure is covered. With VirtuSOM, the EEG device is delivered right to your door with complete instructions and a toll-free technical support line 24/7, should you need it. The next day, just drop everything in a FedEx box in a stamped, pre-paid priority mail box and wait 2-3 days for your doctor to get the report. Nothing could be easier!
These days, patients are responsible for more of the cost of their healthcare than ever before. It matters what procedures cost now! Whether it's your portion as a co-pay, the full amount because you have a high deductible or the entire cost because your insurance doesn't cover the procedure, many patients are searching for a more cost-effective solution. EEG is significantly lower than a facility based titration study. In most cases, the outcome is the same.
If you are diagnosed with insomnia, we recommend 6 weeks of Cognitive Behavioral therapy (CBT-I). CBT-I is a course that emphasizes mental and physical behavior modification for better sleep. CBT-I is the gold standard of insomnia treatment and studies show improvement in sleep rivaling various sleep medications without the risk of medication dependency which yields adverse side effects. CBT conditions you to break habits and behaviors that compromise restorative sleep which will ultimately produce a lasting effect on your sleep patterns holistically.
CBT-I was created to help you overcome insomnia using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for insomnia techniques.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I) is a short course of therapy aimed at retraining your mind and body for great sleep. CBT-I is the preferred choice insomnia treatment according to the Clinical Guidelines of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, the Center for Disease Control and the National Institutes of Health. Studies show CBT-I produces the same level of improvement as sleeping medications without the risk of dependency on pills or other adverse side effects. Instead, CBT helps you learn techniques to break the cycle of thoughts, feelings and behaviors that interfere with restful sleep. These powerful tools and knowledge produce a lasting and more permanent improvement in sleep patterns.
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