Insomnia is a sleeping disorder that causes poor quality or quantity of sleep. Those who suffer from insomnia find it difficult to provide their bodies with adequate sleep, often leaving them fatigued and unable to complete everyday tasks. Suffering from insomnia can lead to further physical and mental health problems such as; depression, anxiety, heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes.
Insomnia is often caused by times of stress, and can pass when levels of stress decrease. There are a number of different causes to insomnia, and often these are circumstances that may lead to further health risks. Including:
Symptoms of insomnia can vary from minor to extreme. These symptoms can escalate over time, and may need medical treatment to dispel and to allow your sleeping patterns to get back on track.
Note: if you are suffering from any of the below symptoms, but aren’t sure if you are suffering from insomnia, it pays to get onto your symptoms quickly.
Insomnia can be found in individuals from all walks of life. Recent research has shown that 45% of participants in New Zealand reported experiencing symptoms of insomnia. While children can suffer from the disorder, it is more commonly found in adults and elderly individuals. Insomnia can lead to further health problems, so it is important that you act on symptoms quickly. You are able to do so on our online service, Bettr. We have a team of professionals who will be able to help you, and find a treatment for your insomnia that best suits you.
Medication – Upon assessment, your local GP is likely to prescribe you with a type of medication which will help to mitigate your symptoms of insomnia. Finding the right medication to help treat your problem can be trial and error, and you need to find a medication that fits best with you and your lifestyle.
Therapy – Alternatively, you can visit a therapist who specialises in treating those with insomnia and other disorders. Your GP will help to determine which treatment is best for you, and will explain what is available locally.
Lifestyle - With professional advice, treating insomnia can be as simple as making changes to your lifestyle, this may include adopting a healthy diet, avoiding alcohol, nicotine and reducing caffeine intake. One of our team members will help to determine what you can best benefit from.
If you are suffering from any of the symptoms listed above and believe you are suffering from insomnia, it is important to act quickly. Without treatment, insomnia can lead to further health problems down the track. If you aren’t sure if you have insomnia but your symptoms align, talking to a professional will help.
Get in touch with a GP via our online service, Bettr. We connect you with a GP that will help to guide you through your symptoms, and outline the best possible treatment available to you. To do this, book a consultation today.
Same day appointments are available, alongside online prescriptions. There is no need to download an app or re-register with your GP.
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