Find Out MoreHome“I have slept like a baby since last Tuesday night, so that’s now been 6 full nights of sleep! Hooray! Overall things have been much easier to manage as a result and the bags are also easing from my eyes which is always a bonus!“

You see, I’m a family doctor and I see so many patients suffering from insomnia. Most of them have primary insomnia, that is, it’s not caused by some underlying medical condition.

Insomnia can strike anyone from any walk of life, through no fault of their own, and boy, does it happen often. Insomnia affects at least 30 – 50% of the population at some time, and from my own medical experience, I think it’s more common than that

Well, insomnia has really bad effects on so many other areas of your life, as well as simply making getting through the day a drag. I’ll be talking in more detail about that a bit later…

Doctors divide insomnia into Primary and Secondary insomnia. As I just mentioned, Primary insomnia is not caused by an underlying medical condtion. Secondary insomnia IS caused by a medical condition. You need to discuss this with your doctor to find out which kind of insomnia you have, as some of the medical conditions involved (such as overactive thyroid, sleep apnea, and depression) need to be tested for and treated before you can get any relief from your insomnia

Some Commonly-Prescribed Medications can CAUSE Insomnia as a side effect, so if you take medications, you should ask your doctor whether they may be causing or aggravating your insomnia. Examples of this include beta-blockers such as atenolol or metoprolol, the statin group of drugs which are prescribed to lower cholesterol, some anti-depressants, in particular the SSRI’s which include escitalopram, fluoxetine and sertraline. Also some… Read more…

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