How Functional Health Treats Insomnia
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Functional Medicine’s Approach to Insomnia
Welcome to Spire Health Pathways, our functional medicine practice dedicated to providing comprehensive and personalized care to patients suffering from insomnia. In this service page, we will explain what insomnia is, the different types of insomnia, symptom categories and symptoms, available functional medicine treatment options, impacts on patients, and the potential costs associated with the condition.
What is Insomnia?
Insomnia is a common sleep disorder characterized by difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep, or waking up too early and not being able to go back to sleep. It can cause significant distress and interfere with daily functioning. Insomnia can be acute or chronic, with chronic insomnia lasting for at least three months.
Types of Insomnia
Two categories of insomnia exist: primary and secondary insomnia
- Primary insomnia refers to sleep problems that are not due to another underlying health condition.
- Secondary insomnia is related to another health condition, such as depression, anxiety, chronic pain, or medication use.
There are also several different types of insomnia, including:
- Transient insomnia: This is a short-term form of insomnia, which lasts less than a week and is often caused by stress or lifestyle changes.
- Acute insomnia: This is a more severe form of insomnia, which lasts up to a month and may require medication or lifestyle changes.
- Chronic insomnia: This is a long-term form of insomnia, which lasts more than a month and is often associated with underlying medical conditions.
Symptoms of insomnia may include:
- Difficulty falling asleep
- Waking up frequently during the night
- Waking up too early and not being able to go back to sleep
- Feeling tired or fatigued during the day
- Irritability, depression, or anxiety
- Difficulty paying attention, concentrating, or remembering
Functional Medicine Treatment Options for Insomnia
At Spire Health Pathways, we take a comprehensive and personalized approach to treating insomnia. Our goal is to identify and address the underlying causes of the condition through a combination of dietary changes, lifestyle modifications, supplements, and medication. Some of the functional medicine treatment options we may recommend include:
- – Sleep hygiene: We may recommend improving sleep hygiene practices, such as creating a comfortable sleep environment, establishing a regular sleep schedule, and limiting electronic device use before bedtime.
- – Supplements: We may recommend supplements such as magnesium, melatonin, or GABA to support healthy sleep.
- – Lifestyle modifications: We may recommend stress-reducing techniques such as mindfulness meditation or yoga to promote relaxation.
- – Medication: We may recommend prescription medication, such as sleeping pills or antidepressants, to promote sleep.
How Insomnia Affects People’s Lives
Insomnia can have a significant impact on a person’s life, including:
- Decreased quality of life
- Poor job performance
- Increased risk of accidents and errors
- Increased risk of chronic health conditions, such as obesity, diabetes, and heart disease
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Potential Costs of Insomnia
At Spire Health Pathways, we are dedicated to helping our patients achieve optimal health and wellness. If you are experiencing sleep problems, please contact us to schedule a consultation with one of our functional medicine practitioners.
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