Insomnia FAQ

Insomnia FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions about Insomnia

Sleep Dynamics in New Jersey Answers All Your Questions

Sleep Dynamics is committed to offering all-encompassing sleep care for our patients in and around Neptune and Middletown, NJ. We provide complete evaluation, testing, diagnosis, and treatment of all types of sleep disorders, including insomnia. Our team of medical professionals can help patients deal with and treat insomnia so they can lead a rested, happy lifestyle. Below is a sampling of answers to questions we frequently receive at our sleep clinics in New Jersey. Call or visit us to learn more.

What is insomnia?

This sleep disorder is marked by trouble falling asleep, staying asleep, or both. Individuals who suffer from the common problem get too little sleep or experience poor-quality sleep. Symptoms of the sleep disorder include fatigue, difficulty concentrating, low energy, and moodiness. Insomnia can be short-lived or long-lasting. Acute insomnia is fleeting and often a result of stress, pressures, or a traumatic event. It usually passes within days or weeks. However, chronic insomnia lasts for a month or longer. Certain medical conditions, other sleep disorders, medicines, or substances can cause this form of insomnia.

What causes insomnia?

Medical professionals separate insomnia into two categories: primary and secondary. Secondary insomnia is the side effect of another issue, often a symptom of an emotional, neurological, medical, or sleep disorder. These issues include depression, anxiety, PTSD, asthma, stroke, menopause, chronic pain, and gastrointestinal disorders. Medicines or substances – including alcohol, caffeine, and tobacco – can also be contributing factors. Primary insomnia is its own disorder, and its causes are not well understood. Life changes can be a trigger, as can long-lasting emotional stress or factors that disrupt a healthy sleep routine.  

How do I know if I have insomnia?

If you are having trouble falling asleep or sleeping through the night regularly, schedule an appointment with our team at Sleep Dynamics, a New Jersey insomnia treatment center. Our team of specialists serves Monmouth and Ocean Counties and can accurately diagnose the sleep disorder. To determine whether you are an insomniac, we will consider multiple factors. Your doctor will review your medical and sleep history before performing a physical exam and potentially a sleep study. Before visiting our practice in Neptune or Middletown, NJ, be prepared to answer questions regarding how long the problem has persisted, any recent changes to your sleep schedule, and the nature of your sleep difficulties.

Is insomnia common?

Every night, millions of individuals struggle to fall and stay asleep. Studies show that 30-35% of adults experience brief symptoms of the sleep disorder. However, the issue is more severe for many, with 15-20% afflicted with acute insomnia and approximately 10% suffering from chronic insomnia.

How is it treated?

There are a host of treatment methods available. Our staff of specialists at Sleep Dynamics can help devise a plan that will allow you to cure or, at the very least, deal with the disorder. Among the ways to restore your sleep:

Lifestyle Changes

To relieve acute insomnia, making lifestyle changes may be your most straightforward treatment. There is a wide range of activities that can contribute to your insomnia, such as the use of substances or an irregular schedule. Avoid consuming caffeine, tobacco, and other stimulants because their effects can last up to eight hours. Medicines can disrupt sleep and alcohol can cause it to be lighter than normal, so avoid those when possible, too. In addition to eliminating unhealthy behaviors, we suggest incorporating healthy practices into your routine. Exercise approximately 5-6 hours before going to bed, avoid heavy meals in the evening, and try to go to sleep at the same time every night.

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy

For those who have chronic insomnia, Sleep Dynamics offers cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). This treatment helps relieve anxiety, which can often prolong the sleep disorder. We can introduce relaxation techniques and biofeedback to help you control your breathing, heart rate, and muscles. Our therapist can help implement this positive strategy through weekly meetings for a couple of months.


There are many prescription and over-the-counter medications that can be used. You should consult with a professional at Sleep Dynamics before beginning a medicinal regimen so that you are aware of the risks and side effects associated.

Can someone die from insomnia?

A 40-year study at the University of Arizona concluded that people with chronic insomnia have a 58% increased risk of premature death. The chronic sleep disorder can also be the indirect cause of death to a sufferer or someone else. An insomniac may cause an accident in his or her exhaustive state, resulting in death. In extremely rare cases, a genetic disease called fatal familial insomnia (FFI) can lead to exhaustion, dementia, coma, and ultimately, death.

If you or a loved one are suffering from chronic or acute insomnia, call or visit Sleep Dynamics at either of our locations in Neptune or Middletown, NJ. Our sleep specialists will help you get a full night’s sleep so you can lead a more productive life.

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