Why should I be concerned about insomnia?

I have trouble falling asleep every night. I don't think it is really affecting my life that muchI still can get up on time for work and am only mildly tired throughout the day. I get very tired before bed time but still can't fall asleep. Is this something I should be concerned about? Can it cause other health problems?

Doctors Answers (2)

J. Douglas Hudson, MD, DABSM
Answered on: 1/13/2014

The reason you should be concerned about insomnia is that your quality of life is impaired and there is evidence that insomnia often leads to depression, weight gain and poor performance in the daytime (job, driving, interpersonal relationships, etc.) Treatment may require changing some behaviors, relaxation techniques and medication. Help is available. Ask your physician.

SomnoDiagnostics, Inc.
Answered on: 1/3/2014 1

When you are not obtaining restorative sleep you should be concerned. You should see a physician and you should also make sure that you are practicing good sleep hygiene.