Sleep Problems

Uptown Psych

Psychiatrists & Therapists located in Uptown, Chicago, IL

A good night’s sleep is your fuel to thrive in school, your workplace, and in all aspects of daily life. If you are not getting the rest you need, do something about it and visit the Chicago offices of Uptown Psych. The trained professionals there can help identify the underlying cause for your sleep woes and provide therapeutic treatment that transforms trying to go to sleep from something you dread to something you don’t even think about. Make an appointment today by calling or using the online scheduling tool to learn more. Sleeping should recharge you and relieve stress; it should not stress you out.

Sleep Problems Q & A

Why am I having trouble sleeping?

If you have trouble sleeping, it could be due to a sleep problem or sleep disorder. It is not normal to be unable to sleep at night, to wake up tired, or to feel drowsy during the daytime.

It can be frustrating and can affect your daily routine if you are having trouble sleeping. In most cases, sleep problems or disorders are secondary symptoms of other underlying issues.

Some of these underlying issues commonly causing sleep deprivation include:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Bipolar disorder

This isn’t always the case, but often it is.

What are symptoms of sleeping problems and disorders?

If you suspect you have a sleeping problem or disorder, review the following list of questions. If you answer “yes” to many of these, you may have one.

  • Do you feel drowsy during the day?
  • Is it hard for you to stay awake while reading or watching television?
  • Do you get tired while driving?
  • Is it hard for you to focus?
  • Do you look tired?
  • Do  you react slowly to things?
  • Do you feel the need to nap most days?
  • Do you need caffeine constantly to function?

The more questions answered “yes,” the more likely you have a sleeping problem or disorder. Go see a medical professional if that’s the case and find out if an underlying issue is causing this problem.

How do you treat sleeping problems or disorders?

Uptown Psych’s team of professionals works with you, performing a comprehensive medical exam, taking into account your complete medical history and reviewing symptoms to understand what underlying issue may be causing your sleep troubles. Once an underlying issue is identified, the practice works with you, offering therapeutic modalities like cognitive behavioral therapy to tackle the point of origin that causes your lack of sleep.

Medication may also be part of the solution to alleviate your insomnia, but not the usual sleep medications like Ambien® and Lunesta® which can be addicting. Uptown Psych prefers non-habit forming medications for temporary, acute situations such as grief periods or dealing with other traumatic situations, when those are the cause of your sleep troubles.