Actress Angelina Jolie recently said that her ability to juggle the parenting duties of six children, a thriving career and keeping up with her humanitarian, work was all thanks to having insomnia. As quoted in an interview in The Independent, Jolie said, “I really don’t get much sleep, but I fortunately don’t need much. Insomnia has become a bonus.” For most people insomnia is anything but a bonus.

Lasting at least one to several nights, insomnia can be a chronic and serious medical condition. The symptoms of insomnia include difficulty falling and staying asleep, waking up too early in the morning and feeling tired upon waking. It can be a serious medical condition for longtime sufferers.

Insomnia can also lead to depression and decreased work performance. It has also been cited as leading to an increased risk of car accidents because of those suffering from insomnia.

There is hope for individuals the millions who suffer from insomnia. Treatment options include:

  • Stimulus control: Learning to use your bed and your bedroom for sleep and sex only. This means removing all distractions like computers, cell phones and televisions.


  • Behavioral therapy: A health practitioner with specialized training can offer ways to cope with insomnia.


  • Cognitive therapy: You can work with a therapist who helps patients work on attitudes and beliefs about sleep and habits that may contribute to poor sleep.


  • Relaxation techniques: There are several relaxation techniques that can be learned to help reduce tension before bedtime.


  • Over-the-counter (OTC), prescription or natural sleep remedies: can be discussed with a healthcare professional.

If you find that insomnia is interfering with your daily life and making it hard to perform at your peak levels, it could be time to consult your doctor or a sleep professional.

Since 2002, Valley Sleep Center, accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, has provided Arizona with diagnostic sleep disorder testing in a home-like atmosphere, ensuring a comfortable, relaxing experience for patients. Our Board Certified Sleep Medicine Specialists are experienced and knowledgeable physicians who provide expert advice on sleep and sleep-related disorders. We accept most insurance plans as well as Medicare.


For additional information about how we might be able to help you, please contact Lauri Leadley at 480-830-3900.

Information courtesy National Sleep Foundation.

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