Insomnia Specialist

MM Jersey City Breathing Center

Internal Medicine & Pulmonology located in Jersey City, NJ

An estimated 10% of men and women in the United States have chronic insomnia. If you struggle to fall asleep or stay asleep, the board-certified medical team at MM Jersey City Breathing Center can help. With three locations throughout Jersey City, New Jersey, the team of experts can determine the root cause of your insomnia and provide the right treatment to help improve your sleep so you get the rest you need. To learn more about treatment options for insomnia, schedule an evaluation by calling the MM Jersey City Breathing Center office nearest you.

Insomnia Q & A

What is insomnia?

Insomnia is a sleep disorder characterized by wakefulness that interferes with your ability to get adequate rest. You may have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep through the night; you may also wake too early in the morning. 

Not everyone requires the same amount of sleep to feel rested and remain healthy, and most people experience short-term insomnia at some point in their life. But if your sleeplessness lasts for a month or longer and leaves you feeling tired and irritable, you may have chronic insomnia. 

Chronic insomnia can impact your daily life and your overall health. If you suspect you have chronic insomnia, it’s a good idea to see a qualified medical provider for evaluation.

What causes insomnia?

Stress is one of the most common causes of insomnia. Poor sleep habits and other lifestyle factors can also contribute to insomnia, for example:

  • Irregular bedtimes
  • Frequent napping
  • Uncomfortable sleep environment
  • Travel or night-shift work
  • Consumption of caffeine, nicotine, or alcohol
  • Prescription medications
  • Eating, using devices with screens, or exercise close to bedtime

Insomnia may also arise without an apparent cause, but frequently it occurs due to an underlying health condition, such as:

  • Mental health disorders (depression, anxiety, PTSD)
  • Diabetes
  • Heart problems
  • Asthma
  • Chronic pain
  • Acid reflux 
  • Thyroid disorders
  • Sleep apnea
  • Restless leg syndrome

Anyone of any age can develop chronic insomnia. However, you’re more likely to have insomnia if you’re over the age of 60. It’s also more common in women than men.

How is insomnia diagnosed?

During your insomnia evaluation at MM Jersey City Breathing Center, your skilled provider spends time discussing your insomnia symptoms with you in detail. They also review your medical history and perform a comprehensive physical exam.

Your doctor may request blood work to help identify any health conditions that may be interfering with your ability to sleep restfully. They may also recommend a sleep study to evaluate your breathing and sleep patterns during the night. 

How is insomnia treated?

Treatment depends on the underlying cause of your insomnia; getting the appropriate care for medical conditions may also improve your insomnia. Your MM Jersey City Breathing Center expert designs a personalized treatment plan to best meet your individual needs. 

Most treatment plans involve a combination of lifestyle changes and prescription medication. 

To schedule an evaluation for insomnia, call the MM Jersey City Breathing Center nearest you today.