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Insomnia Specialist

Synaptrx Sleep

Sleep Medicine Specialists & Pulmonary Medicine located in St. Paul, MN & West St. Paul, MN

Many people have a hard time falling asleep from time to time. However, if your sleep problem occurs nightly you may be struggling with insomnia. At Synaptrx Sleep in St. Paul, Minnesota, Jagdeep Bijwadia, MD, and the medical team specialize in diagnosing and treating insomnia. They use advanced diagnostic tools to understand the cause of your insomnia so you can get the restful sleep you need. Call the office and speak with a friendly member of the team or book an appointment online today. Virtual consultations are also available.

Insomnia Q&A

What is insomnia?

Insomnia is a common sleep disorder. With insomnia, you may have a hard time falling asleep or staying asleep. Insomnia may also cause you to wake up early and be unable to fall back asleep despite feeling tired.

Your insomnia may be acute or chronic.

Acute insomnia

Acute insomnia usually lasts a few days or a few weeks. This type of insomnia usually occurs from stress-related issues or short-term illnesses. 

Chronic insomnia

With chronic insomnia, your sleep disorder lasts a month or more. Chronic insomnia may be a symptom of an underlying health issue. 

What causes insomnia?

Insomnia may develop from a psychiatric or medical condition, unhealthy sleep habits, specific substances, or certain biological factors. 

Common causes of insomnia include:

  • Allergies
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Asthma
  • Chronic pain conditions (arthritis, low back pain)
  • Endocrine problems
  • Medications
  • Sleep apnea
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Shift worker
  • Caffeine or nicotine
  • Alcohol
  • Eating patterns

More recently, researchers theorize that insomnia may occur because your brain can’t stop being awake. The neurotransmitters in your brain control your sleep/wake cycle. Your insomnia may develop from an imbalance in these neurotransmitters.

What can I expect during an insomnia consultation?

You can expect a comprehensive evaluation when you come to visit Synaptrx Sleep for help with your insomnia. The sleep medicine experts use state-of-the-art diagnostics and treatments to improve your sleep. 

During your exam, your provider asks detailed questions about your insomnia, sleep habits, daily stresses, and typical day. They also review your medical history and the types of medication you take.

To better understand the root cause of your insomnia, your provider may request diagnostic tests such as lab work. They may also recommend a sleep study. Synaptrx Sleep offers a home sleep study test from Ecotense. 

How is insomnia treated?

The team at Synaptrx Sleep takes a personalized approach to care. They develop individualized treatment plans for insomnia based on the underlying cause. Your plan may include:

  • Lifestyle modifications
  • Therapy
  • Disease-specific medication
  • Sleep medication

The team discusses your diagnosis and treatment options with you to make an informed decision on the treatments that best fit your needs and preferences.  

Insomnia may affect your mood and productivity. To get help for your insomnia, call Synaptrx Sleep or book online today.