The National Institutes of Health estimates that roughly 30 percent of the general population complains of sleep disruption.
While most adults experience occasional or acute insomnia as the result of stress or other problems, chronic insomnia – defined as difficulty sleeping at least three nights a week for three months – is a serious condition. Chronic insomnia can lead to other health problems, including depression.
Insomniacs will experience one or more of these symptoms:
- Difficulty falling asleep
- Difficulty staying asleep (waking up during the night and having trouble returning to sleep)
- Waking up too early in the morning
- Unrefreshing sleep (also called "non-restorative sleep")
- Fatigue or low energy
- Cognitive impairment, such as difficulty concentrating
- Mood disturbance, such as irritability
- Behavior problems, such as feeling impulsive or aggression
- Difficulty at work or school
- Difficulty in personal relationships, including family, friends, and caregivers
The Insomnia Specialty Care Clinic at MUSC utilizes a multi-disciplinary approach to insomnia that features:
- Comprehensive diagnostic evaluations
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (or CBT-I) – a proven evidence-based behavioral treatment
- Evidence-based medication management of insomnia
- Chronotherapeutics –“resetting” the biological clock to regulate sleep and wakefulness
To schedule an assessment appointment, call 843-792-9162.
To learn more about insomnia, visit the National Sleep Foundation website.
Read an informative article on insomnia and depression published in the New York Times.