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Insomnia (cont.)

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What is the outlook for insomnia?

Insomnia overall has a favorable outlook. Many cases of insomnia are related to transient situational stresses and are easily reversed when the situation is resolved. In cases of long-standing (chronic) insomnia, any medical or psychiatric cause needs to be assessed and treated. Medical and non-medical home remedies are available for treating insomnia and are generally successful.

Insomnia At A Glance

  • Insomnia is a condition characterized by poor quality or quantity of sleep, despite adequate opportunity to sleep, which could lead to daytime functional impairment.

  • Many medical and psychiatric conditions may be responsible for causing insomnia.

  • Insomnia may, at times, be unrelated to any underlying condition.

  • There are several useful non-medical behavioral techniques available for treating insomnia.

  • Medications are widely used to treat insomnia in conjunction with non-medical strategies.

  • Sleep specialists are medical doctors who can play an important role in evaluating and treating long-standing (chronic) insomnia.

REFERENCE: Medication Guide Intermezzo.

Last Editorial Review: 2/7/2012

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