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Insomnia Specialist

Florida Behavioral Medicine of Tampa

Richard A Smith, DO

Psychiatry located in Tampa, FL

Insomnia, or sleeping difficulty, might affect nearly 30% of the general population. If sleep disruption is a normal part of your everyday routine, psychiatrist Richard Smith, DO, offers solutions at Florida Behavioral Medicine of Tampa in Tampa, Florida. He uses evidence-based approaches, including mental health treatments, to improve your sleep and quality of life. Schedule an appointment with Florida Behavioral Medicine of Tampa over the phone or online to learn more.

Insomnia Q&A

What is insomnia?

Insomnia is a sleep disorder that makes it hard to fall asleep or stay asleep. It may cause chronic sleep deprivation and diminish your mood and overall quality of life. Simple insomnia treatments are available at Florida Behavioral Medicine of Tampa to help you rest easier and get the seven to eight hours of quality sleep your body needs.

What are the symptoms of insomnia?

Insomnia might present as one or more of the following signs and symptoms.

  • Waking up too early
  • Waking up during the night
  • Problems falling asleep
  • Difficulty paying attention or focusing on tasks
  • Not feeling well-rested
  • Depression, anxiety, or irritability
  • Daytime sleepiness
  • Worrying about sleep

Complications associated with insomnia might include ongoing accidents or errors due to sleep deprivation, poor school or work performance, decreased reaction times, physical or mental health disorders, and a higher risk of substance abuse.

What are the risk factors for insomnia?

Factors that can increase your risk of experiencing insomnia include:

  • Being a woman or older adult
  • Taking certain medications
  • Physical or mental health issues
  • Stress
  • Poor sleep habits
  • Eating too much or too little before bed
  • Overweight, obesity, or lack of physical activity
  • Genetics or family history of insomnia
  • Sleep apnea, thyroid problems, or other medical issues
  • Caffeine, nicotine, or alcohol use

To increase your risk of sleeping well, get treated for mental and physical health problems, set a regular sleep schedule, maintain a healthy weight, eat right, and get regular exercise.

How is insomnia diagnosed?

To diagnose insomnia, Florida Behavioral Medicine of Tampa reviews your symptoms, sleeping patterns, and medical history. Your psychiatrist completes a physical exam and may suggest a sleep study to make a final diagnosis.

What is the treatment for insomnia?

Your personalized insomnia treatment at Florida Behavioral Medicine of Tampa is evidence-based. Your psychiatrist might recommend sleep medications, dietary supplements, dietary changes, and stress-relieving techniques like meditation, yoga, tai chi, and exercise.

They might suggest avoiding caffeine, tobacco, and alcohol. Your psychiatrist can also treat anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), bipolar disorder, and other mental health conditions that can affect sleep.

Don’t let poor sleep negatively affect your quality of life. Schedule an insomnia sleep evaluation with Florida Behavioral Medicine of Tampa over the phone or online today.