Insomnia Specialist

Buffington Family Medicine

Family Practice Physicians & Psychiatry Specialists located in Keller, TX

Insomnia affects roughly 30% of the general population. If you regularly have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep, you desperately understand how poor sleep affects how you feel, your moods, your relationships, and your job. If you live in the Keller, Texas, area, consult Buffington Family Medicine and Dr. Ryan A. Buffington for solutions. He has the experience needed for addressing the physical and psychological causes for your sleeplessness. Call the office to make an appointment to discuss your insomnia today.

Insomnia Q & A

What does it mean to have insomnia?

Everyone has periods of troubled sleeping due to temporary stress or an illness, such as a cold. But if you have chronic insomnia, you have disrupted sleep that occurs at least three nights per week and lasts for a minimum of three months.

You may experience symptoms as a result of poor sleep, including:

  • Fatigue
  • Low energy
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Decreased performance at work or school
  • Mood disturbances

Chronic insomnia often benefits from medical intervention to help you resolve any physical or psychiatric problems that are preventing healthy sleep patterns.

What causes insomnia?

You may suffer insomnia due to medical conditions that can be resolved or managed with treatment from Dr. Buffington.

These include:

  • Respiratory allergies and asthma
  • Lower back pain
  • Gastrointestinal problems
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Chronic pain

Insomnia may also be a side effect of issues such as sleep apnea or restless leg syndrome. Dr. Buffington does a comprehensive physical exam to rule out such health issues, too.

Psychological problems can also be at the root of your insomnia. If your insomnia is characterized by excessive worrying, feelings of being overwhelmed, or sensations of being overstimulated, you may benefit from psychological support.

How is insomnia treated?

The treatment for insomnia depends on its cause. If an underlying health condition is at the root of your sleeplessness, Dr. Buffington seeks to solve it. You might benefit from different allergy medications or physical therapy to ease the pain. Medications, psychological therapy, and relaxation techniques also help ease the psychological causes of insomnia.

At home, you can adopt habits that may resolve insomnia on your own. Create positive sleep habits, such as winding down with a relaxing activity — such as a warm bath or reading a book — about 30 minutes before you hope to sleep. Avoid computer, smartphone, or tablet screen time just before bed and caffeine later in the day. Alcohol before bed can also prompt frequent wake-ups during the night. Create a dark and cool sleeping environment; use blackout shades if necessary.

If the inability to fall asleep or stay asleep is seriously affecting your daily routine and feelings of well-being, do not hesitate to seek help from Buffington Family Medicine today.