Insomnia can be one of two types: primary or secondary. Primary insomnia is usually caused by things like alcohol, anxiety, coffee or stress. Secondary insomnia, on the other hand, is a symptom which accompanies a number of psychiatric, sleep, and medical disorders. Regardless of its type, insomnia is characterized by persistent difficulty falling asleep and/or staying asleep despite the opportunity to do so, and often followed by functional impairment while awake. Its complications are varied and severe, and can include high blood pressure, an increased risk of heart disease and diabetes, and a poor immune system.

In the high-powered, never-sleeping cities of today, insomnia is increasingly prevalent. A recent study published in the Singapore Journal of Health noted that 10%—15% of the adult population has chronic insomnia, and an additional 25%—35% of the population has transient or occasional insomnia. These are extremely high numbers, and they’re not likely to dip in the immediate future.

If you or someone you know seems to be suffering from insomnia please do not hesitate to arrange an appointment with us. Detection and diagnosis at the primary care level leave something to be desired, and careful assessments are crucial in eliciting its symptoms and signs and making an accurate diagnosis. After setting up a meeting, and depending upon my subsequent findings, we together can select a number of different therapy and treatment options to combat insomnia’s damaging effects. The road to recovery begins with a phone call.