Trouble Sleeping?


Sleep is vital to a bodies overall well-being and does not include relaxing or taking a break from everyday routines.  Ample sleep also may play a part in helping our bodies recuperate from sickness and injury.  Continuous lack of sleep is associated with obesity, heart disease, depression and diabetes.

Adequate sleep is very important for emotional and mental well-being.  If you suffer occasionally from sleep problems you may show signs of stress and be less productive in normal routine tasks.  People with ongoing insomnia are more likely to develop psychiatric problems.  In a recent survey, those who had trouble getting enough sleep described the inability to perform the following tasks:

  • Memory
  • Learning
  • Logical reasoning
  • Mathematical calculation


Inadequate sleep is thought to be a factor in strained relationships and unfulfilled potential at work, and overall is quite dangerous as it can lead to serious or possibly fatal accidents.  Think about these facts from the National Sleep Foundation:

  • Sleep problems get worse with aging.
  • Lack of productivity and health care expenses cost approximately 100 billion dollars annually.
  • Sleep deprived drivers are the cause of at least 100,000 police reported accidents a year.
  • 40 million Americans report having difficulty sleeping.

How much sleep do you really need?

Sleep requirements are not the same for everyone; usually most healthy adults need no more than seven to nine hours of sleep a night.  If you experience any of the following symptoms, you may need additional sleep, or a better quality of sleep, than you are receiving:

  • Trouble staying alert during monotonous or boring activities
  • Irritable feelings
  • Trouble concentrating or remembering facts

Types of Sleep Disorders

Disorders of sleeping and waking hamper with quality of life and overall health.  These problems range from staying awake or having a normal sleep/wake cycle to sleepwalking, bed wetting, nightmares, insomnia, restless leg syndrome, snoring and sleep apnea.

If you suffer with a sleep disorder there is help.  Talk with your doctor about which sleep disorder program is right for you.  If you have questions regarding sleep disorders please contact the specialists of Dominion Internal Medicine @ 540-878-5408 or visit us at www.dominioninternalmedicine.comMost insurances accepted

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One comment

  1. Cheryl Frazier says:

    Dr. Michael Ackerman, Cheryl Frazier here, I am having a LOT of trouble sleeping. I get NO SLEEP at night, then a 7am (when I leave for work)I can drop off. At night I walk around the house because my legs ache like toothaches and I have to keep moving them. I’ve been known to sleepwalk and last night I walked right into a wall coming from the bathroom (hard enough to leave a small bruise on my forehead). I have taken Ambien before, but the last time I took it (Aug. 2012)I was “dreaming” that I was walking thru a door and I actually walked right into my stone hearth. I walked into it so hard I had a huge bruise on my shin so bad that it took months to fade away and HURT! At work the other day while in a class, I dozed off and nodded my head so hard I thought I had given myself whiplash. Not to mention embarrassing, since I wasn’t in class alone. I need to do something…I couldn’t get an appt. with you until June 11th. At the rate I’m going I will hurt myself or someone else before then. I have sleep apnea and have a C-PAP machine, but that doesn’t help. I’m so EXHAUSTED that I don’t know what to do. HELP!!!!

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