Insomnia is a type of sleep disorder characterized by the inability to fall asleep, stay asleep, or both. However, there are different classifications of insomnia. Keep reading to learn more about the causes and treatment options for conditioned insomnia.
What is Conditioned Insomnia?
Also known as learned insomnia or psychophysiologic insomnia, conditioned insomnia is a type of insomnia in which an individual struggles to sleep because he or she is worried about his or her sleep habits—unfortunately, the harder individuals with conditioned insomnia try to fall asleep, the harder falling asleep actually becomes. Most individuals with this condition find that they feel sleepy but find themselves restless or alert as soon as they get into bed.
What Causes Conditioned Insomnia?
Conditioned insomnia may have a number of causes, including:
Perpetuating factors: These may increase over time and are often within our control. Examples include anxiety about sleep, poor sleeping habits, and the use of hypnotics or alcohol.
Precipitating factors: These are usually the result of specific situations and tend to diminish over time such as illness, work stress, changes in employment, or other stressful events.
Predisposing factors: These are constant factors that increase the risk for chronic or long-term insomnia, such as increasing age, genetics, metabolism, and overall personality.
What Are Your Treatment Options?
Individuals suffering from conditioned insomnia have a number of treatment options at their disposal. Your neurologist may initially suggest stimulus controls, in which you exercise good sleep hygiene habits and utilize the bedroom for sleep and sexual activity alone. Additional treatment options include restricting the amount of time in bed and possibly the use of sleeping pills.
The best way to determine if you are suffering from conditioned insomnia is to set up an initial consultation with a neurologist. Let our physicians and surgeons with the Illinois Neurological Institute educate you on your treatment methods by contacting us at (309) 740-3766. We also offer stroke treatment, spine decompression, and neurosurgery.