Insomnia

Sleep Disorder Condition

Insomnia is commonly thought of a problems with sleep patterns. Symptoms may include:

  • Difficulty falling asleep
  • Waking up often during the night
  • Having trouble going back to sleep when you wake during the night
  • Waking too early in the morning
  • Feeling tired upon waking

Chronic Insomnia

Chronic insomnia is a condition where sufferers have insomnia for at least 3 nights a week for a month or longer. It is a debilitating condition.

Symptoms of Insomnia

  • Tiredness
  • Daytime sleepiness
  • Irritability
  • Concentration/memory problems

Causes/Triggers

There is no one specific or exact cause of insomnia, but there are a number of factors which can make a person more at risk of developing a pattern of sleep difficulties. These include:

  • Disturbed sleep schedule – e.g. shift working, jet lag
  • Environmental factors – job loss, job change, relationship difficulties
  • Biological factors – illness, medication, pain or discomfort
  • Psychological factors – stress, worry, emotional discomfort, depression

In cases of chronic insomnia, causes tend to include:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Chronic stress
  • Physical pain/discomfort

Conventional Treatments

Treatments for insomnia tend to be based on a few common options, which include:

  • Promoting/practicing good sleep habits
  • Sleeping tablets for a short time to break the cycle of bad sleep pattern
  • Relaxation techniques

However, for chronic insomnia, treatment tends to start with identifying and treating any underlying conditions. If the patient has an anxiety disorder or depression; then treatment of this can have a direct effect on improving chronic insomnia.

rTMS Treatment at Smart TMS

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation therapy treatment for depression, anxiety and a range of other conditions is available at Smart TMS, based at The Smart Clinics, Brompton Cross, London and also now in Birmingham.

On the basis of research, we believe that rTMS could offer sufferers of chronic an alternative treatment option using transcranial magnetic stimulation to work directly on the associated areas of the brain. This is an area of active research which we are monitoring closely.

To discuss this further, please contact us.