Over the shelf sleep drugsAlmost everyone suffers from trouble sleeping at one time or another. Insomnia – the inability to sleep – isn’t a single disorder itself, but rather a general symptom like fever or pain.

People with insomnia may be plagued by trouble falling asleep, unwelcome awakenings during the night, and fitful sleep. They may experience daytime drowsiness, yet still be unable to nap, and are often anxious and irritable or forgetful and unable to concentrate.

Nearly half of insomnia stems from underlying psychological or emotional issues. Stressful events, mild depression, or an anxiety disorder can keep people awake at night. When the underlying cause is properly treated, insomnia usually improves. If not, additional strategies to help promote sleep may be needed. Read the rest of this entry

Chronic Sleep Disturbances May Lead To Mental Illness

UBM Medica’s Psychiatric Times today announced special coverage of sleep disorders that occur in patients with mental illness.

Chronic sleep disturbances can lead to or exacerbate mental illness. The information offered on Psychiatric Times is written by leading psychiatrists for mental health practitioners who want to improve their patients’ “sleep hygiene” and alleviate symptoms of mental illness.

Sleep disorder highlights on Psychiatric Times include:

  1. “Sleep Hygiene: Tips on Getting a Restful Night’s Sleep,” offers practitioners simple tips to give their patients who are having difficulty sleeping
  2. “Treatment of Insomnia in Anxiety Disorders,” discusses the prevalence of comorbid insomnia in anxiety disorders and how it can be treated
  3. “Psychosomatic Symptoms in Children with Chronic Mental Illness,” addresses the needs of the approximately 20 percent of children with chronic medical conditions who also have behavioral and emotional symptoms¬† Read the rest of this entry
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