What is the cure for insomnia?

This question was asked in Alligator Point, Florida on 01/24/2013.
For the past month I have had insomnia. I saw a doctor and he prescribed me Seroquel 100 mg. It worked for a few nights, but not anymore. I desperately need help with this.

Doctors Answers (3)

Courtney Whitney, DO
Answered on: 1/28/2013

Cognitive and behavioral therapy and medications are the only treatment options for insomnia. It may result in a cure, but there is no guarantee. In many cases the cure for insomnia is treatment of the underlying cause. Examples would be anxiety, depression, arousal disorder (such as sleep apnea or restless leg syndrome), pain, side effects from medication and poor sleep hygiene.

J. Douglas Hudson, MD, DABSM
Answered on: 1/25/2013

The only "cure" for insomnia is to remove the cause. If there is anxiety, pain, depression, poor environment for sleeping or other tangible cause, and this can be eliminated, then the insomnia may be eliminated. The longer left untreated, the more difficult insomnia is to treat. Getting early treatment for transient insomnia (one month is transient) is important. Treatment with medication is often effective but I would think Seroquel is a bit heavy and may lead to side effects. An FDA approved sleeping aide is suggested for a short term. If no cause can be determined, then Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is often helpful. CBT is often directed by a psychologist and includes techniques for relaxation and biofeedback. Sometimes, this can be curative for insomnia. There are, however, causes for insomnia which are almost impossible to "cure". These causes include such conditions as injury to the "sleep-wake" center of the brain from trauma, stroke, infections, loss of blood supply, etc.

Jeannine Louise Gingras, MD
Answered on: 1/25/2013

Depends on the root cause, that is: anxiety , restless legs syndrome, sleep apnea .or bad sleep habits ... There are many other root causes of insomnia. I would recommend finding a sleep doctor near you for evaluation and treatment.