Insomnia

Bobby Jacobs, MD -  - Internal Medicine

Edgewater Medical Clinic

Bobby Jacobs, MD

Internal Medicine & Low Testosterone Specialist located in Oklahoma City, OK

Did you know that around 10% of American adults have chronic insomnia disorder, according to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine? At Edgewater Medical Clinic in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, hard-working physician Bobby Jacobs, MD, pinpoints the key causes of insomnia and offers a wide selection of valuable solutions to regulate your circadian rhythm and improve your sleep quality. With better sleep quality, you can feel more rested and energized and ready for your day. Get the restful sleep you deserve and call Edgewater Medical Clinic or request an appointment online today.

Insomnia Q & A

What is insomnia?

You might have insomnia if you have trouble falling or staying asleep. Chronic insomnia can negatively affect your day-to-day activities and quality of life. 

Consistent poor-quality sleep from insomnia can be especially frustrating. You might also experience other symptoms of insomnia, such as:

  • Fatigue
  • Low energy
  • Irritability
  • Difficulty concentrating

The different types of insomnia are characterized by how often your sleep is disrupted.

If you have insomnia a few times a month, you have acute or short-term insomnia. If your sleep problems occur three or more nights a week and persist for longer than one month, you’re experiencing chronic insomnia.

What causes insomnia?

Acute insomnia often occurs as a result of day-to-day stresses. If you’re anxious about an upcoming test or exam, or if you’re depressed about life circumstances, you might have difficulty with your sleep schedule and have poor sleep quality and disrupted sleep.

Other circumstances might also lead to insomnia, such as drinking too much caffeine or alcohol or experiencing jet lag. This type of insomnia is often short-lived and often resolves without treatment. Hyperthyroidism and iron deficiency may contribute.

Certain lifestyle habits and medical conditions can lead to long-term interrupted sleep. Causes of chronic insomnia include: 

  • Medications that disrupt sleep
  • Excessive evening use of electronic devices
  • Dysregulation of circadian rhythm
  • Allergies like pollen, dust mites, or food
  • Psychiatric disorders, including depression and anxiety
  • Snoring and sleep apnea
  • Pain or discomfort from arthritis, headaches, etc.
  • Restless leg syndrome
  • Menopause
  • An overactive bowel or bladder
  • Neurodegenerative disorders, e.g., Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s disease

Medical or lifestyle factors often cause insomnia.

How is insomnia treated?

During your initial consultation at Edgewater Medical Clinic, Dr. Bobby Jacobs asks you important questions about your sleep environment, sleep habits, your symptoms, medical and family history, and more. Dr. Jacobs might suggest certain testing, such as blood work, before creating your personal treatment plan. 

Depending on what’s causing your insomnia, Dr. Jacobs might recommend medications or lifestyle changes, such as exercise, stress management, and or Ambien.

Your sleep is integral to your optimal health and functioning. Doze off into dreamland with the assistance of a highly qualified provider. Call Edgewater Medical Clinic or request an appointment online today.