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Category: Insomnia

Can’t Sleep? What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You – Dr. Jim Stocks

We all have occasional nights when we can’t sleep, but long-term or chronic insomnia is much more serious. Untreated, it can increase your risk for diabetes, hypertension, depression, heart failure, and possibly even death in older adults. Chronic insomnia affects your memory, your ability to concentrate, and your safety on the road. So how do you know when it’s time to see a doctor for your insomnia? The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler’s Dr. Jim Stocks answers questions about chronic insomnia in this post to HealthConnection.TV.

What is chronic insomnia? (first question)

What is the impact of not treating chronic insomnia? (skip to 1:08)

Given how serious chronic insomnia can be, why is it so often undiagnosed and untreated? (skip to 1:40)

What is the impact on one’s health for not treating long-term insomnia? (skip to 2:38)

What is the impact of chronic insomnia on work, health care costs, driving safety, etc.? (skip to 3:34)

Is chronic insomnia difficult to treat? (skip to 5:27)

Which prescription medications work best in treating chronic insomnia? (skip to 8:09)

What are your thoughts on the prescription medication Ambien? (skip to 9:02)

Are there any concerns as to the long-term use of prescription sleep medications? (skip to 10:15)

What about over-the-counter sleep aids such as antihistamines, Sominex, Tylenol PM, melatonin and chamomile tea? (skip to 11:08)

At what point should one see a doctor about chronic insomnia? (skip to 12:15)

When should one seek out a sleep specialist? (skip to 13:12)

Dr. James Stocks – Getting a Better Night’s Sleep

In addition to making us lethargic and grumpy, inadequate sleep, particularly when it’s chronic, can lead to serious health problems. The U.T. Health Science Center at Tyler’s Dr. James Stocks talks about getting a better night’s sleep.

What is a better night’s sleep? (first question)

What stands in the way of a good night’s sleep? (skip to 00:45)

What are some of the more successful strategies for getting a better night’s sleep? (skip to 02:45)

Can chronic pain affect sleep quality? (skip to 03:28)

What does it say about the quality of my sleep if I never have dreams? (skip to 03:51)

If by my best estimation I’m getting a good night’s sleep, why am I still tired? (skip to 04:39)

Is there any harm in relying on prescription sleep medications like Ambien and Lunesta? (skip to 05:04)

Is self-medicating for sleep with drugs like Tylenol PM safe? (skip to 05:53)