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Insomnia

Insomnia is not a sleeping disorder but a sign or symptom. Insomnia can be classified as transient, which is short term, lasting from a few nights to a few weeks; intermittent, on and off, lasting from time to time; and chronic, this is constant and occurs for longer than one month. The general rule is that when insomnia affects your daily work routine, job performance and social life then it may be time to seek diagnosis and treatment.

The most common cause of insomnia is depression. Other causes include arthritis, kidney disease, heart failure, asthma, sleep apnea and hyperthyroidism.

Three main factors affect our ability to sleep. First, our need for sleep is similar to our need for food or water: the longer we go without it the more we need it, and the easier it is to fall asleep. This is why “sleeping in” or napping makes it harder to get to sleep at bedtime the next night.

Secondly, our body has an internal clock called the circadian rhythm, which controls sleepiness and wakefulness. It is much easier to enter sleep at certain times of day, especially later in the evening if you work the day shift. Other factors affecting these internal clocks are air travel going east or west (jet lag), inconsistent sleep and wake times or changes in the time for sunrise or sunset.

Thirdly, a state of increased mental arousal will prevent sleep. At times this arousal is helpful such as when a danger is perceived. But when this increased attention is chronic and not related to real danger, it can interfere with sleep. Those who suffer with this perceive themselves as anxious.

An increased state of arousal and disturbed sleep may also be caused by some medications and drugs, such as caffeine, nicotine, cocaine, amphetamines, decongestants, diet pills, some steroid medicines and certain anti-depressant medicines. Some people with chronic insomnia have learned to dread bedtime because of the nightly struggle to get sleep, so when bedtime approaches, their level of mental arousal actually goes up, and interferes with their ability to sleep.

There are other factors that perpetuate insomnia, which include: worrying about not falling asleep, caffeine, alcohol, smoking, excessive napping and irregular or disrupted sleep schedules. Sometimes stopping these behaviors may eliminate insomnia all together.

Fortunately, most patients with chronic insomnia can be helped with a variety of treatments and a positive attitude. Difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep is called insomnia. According to surveys it is the most common sleep complaint, which affects 56% of all adults in the U.S. at least a few nights each week.

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  • January 7, 2019
    Steve R.
    Went in for a consult at the lancaster office almost 2 years ago where the staff took my vitals and then took some baseline readings which lasted 20-30 mins. Turns out that those baseline readings test cost more than the actual overnight sleep study that i ended up taking a couple weeks later, but didn't learn about this fact until i went back in on the 3rd visit for my sleep study results. Was told that i had obstructive sleep apnea and would definitely need to come back in for an additional sleep study to be fitted for a CPAP, but 1st needed to get some financials squared away. That was perfectly fine until i saw a charge for my consultation that cost more than the sleep study. For 20-30 mins and that justifies a $1400 charge, insane! My insurance covered half of this fiasco whereas i only paid copays for each visit, and didn't pay another cent to them beyond that. Seems rather shady to slip some high priced diagnostic test in during the consultation. I would have payed my half of the sleep study, but nothing for the other test. So here i am, roughly 2 years later still with obstructive sleep apnea, still no CPAP, and getting worse. Buyer beware, go elsewhere.
  • January 6, 2019
    Alicia grey
    Amy winehouse
  • January 5, 2019
    Gail Brown
    Poor service. If I could give zero stars I would. They don't return phone calls. If you need prescriptions or paperwork completed to obtain your medical equipment, they won't submit correctly, and then will get an attitude with you. They are rude and medically incapable of doing right for the patients.
  • January 2, 2019
    Shelly L.
    Can I give no stars? So slow and long wait to get in. Even when there is no one in the waiting room. And they want to have me come in every time I need a new prescription for a controlled substance. This is not due to Ohio laws this is just their policy. I’m sorry but who with a full time job can call off work once a month just to get a refill??? My advice is go to your family doctor to have them refill your prescription every 3 months instead. Don’t go here. I’ve been out of medications due to the fact they don’t answer their phone or they don’t send out the prescription promptly. They informed me last minute I wouldn’t be able to get my prescription because I haven’t seen them in a year. Like wow now I have no medication. Great.
  • January 1, 2019
    gemma.e
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  • January 7, 2019
    Steve R.
    Went in for a consult at the lancaster office almost 2 years ago where the staff took my vitals and then took some baseline readings which lasted 20-30 mins. Turns out that those baseline readings test cost more than the actual overnight sleep study that i ended up taking a couple weeks later, but didn't learn about this fact until i went back in on the 3rd visit for my sleep study results. Was told that i had obstructive sleep apnea and would definitely need to come back in for an additional sleep study to be fitted for a CPAP, but 1st needed to get some financials squared away. That was perfectly fine until i saw a charge for my consultation that cost more than the sleep study. For 20-30 mins and that justifies a $1400 charge, insane! My insurance covered half of this fiasco whereas i only paid copays for each visit, and didn't pay another cent to them beyond that. Seems rather shady to slip some high priced diagnostic test in during the consultation. I would have payed my half of the sleep study, but nothing for the other test. So here i am, roughly 2 years later still with obstructive sleep apnea, still no CPAP, and getting worse. Buyer beware, go elsewhere.
  • January 6, 2019
    Alicia grey
    Amy winehouse
  • January 5, 2019
    Gail Brown
    Poor service. If I could give zero stars I would. They don't return phone calls. If you need prescriptions or paperwork completed to obtain your medical equipment, they won't submit correctly, and then will get an attitude with you. They are rude and medically incapable of doing right for the patients.
  • January 2, 2019
    Shelly L.
    Can I give no stars? So slow and long wait to get in. Even when there is no one in the waiting room. And they want to have me come in every time I need a new prescription for a controlled substance. This is not due to Ohio laws this is just their policy. I’m sorry but who with a full time job can call off work once a month just to get a refill??? My advice is go to your family doctor to have them refill your prescription every 3 months instead. Don’t go here. I’ve been out of medications due to the fact they don’t answer their phone or they don’t send out the prescription promptly. They informed me last minute I wouldn’t be able to get my prescription because I haven’t seen them in a year. Like wow now I have no medication. Great.
  • January 1, 2019
    gemma.e
    amazing
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