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Sleep Disorders Specialist

Norman M. Jacobowitz, MSN, PMHNP-BC -  - Psychiatry

Atara Health Solutions

Norman M. Jacobowitz, MSN, PMHNP-BC

Psychiatry located in Gainesville, VA

When you have a mental health condition, you may also have a sleep disorder, such as insomnia or hypersomnia. Norman Jacobowitz, MSN, PMHNP-BC — a caring psychiatric nurse practitioner and founder of Atara Health Solutions — treats sleep disorders along with other mental health issues you may have. From your initial consultation at the LGBTQ-friendly office in Gainesville, Virginia, to in-person or telemedicine follow-ups, you receive the care and monitoring you need to get a full night’s sleep again. Reach Atara Health Solutions today by phone or online form.

Sleep Disorders Q & A

What are sleep disorders?

Sleep disorders are conditions that prevent you from getting a full, restorative night of sleep. You may have a sleep disorder if you chronically have trouble falling asleep, staying asleep, or if you sleep longer than is normal for a person your age. 

Insomnia is the most common sleep disorder. If you have insomnia, you may have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep, or you may wake up too early and not be able to get back to sleep. 

If you have hypersomnia, you sleep longer than the normal 7-9 hours but still don’t feel rested. Hypersomnia in teens and young adults may be a sign of depression. Insomnia and hypersomnia are also warning signs of an increased risk for suicide. 

What are the symptoms of a sleep disorder?

If you’re not sleeping enough or not sleeping well, you may feel sluggish and dull during the day, even if you were in bed for a full 7-9 hours. Symptoms of a sleep disorder include:

  • Irritability
  • Depression
  • Daytime sleepiness
  • Brain fog
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Trouble getting out of bed

Feeling sleepy during the day is potentially dangerous because you could fall asleep while driving or while operating machinery. Insomnia and other sleep disorders raise your risk for serious health complications, such as heart attack and stroke. 

Why do I have a sleep disorder?

Up to 18% of the general population in the United States has chronic problems with falling or staying asleep. Among people with mental health conditions, up to 80% also have chronic sleep problems. Sleep disorders themselves can also trigger or worsen mental health conditions because your brain isn’t getting the chance to restore itself, remove toxins, and process the day’s events.

Sleep disorders are a common symptom for a wide range of mental health disorders, including:

  • ADHD
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar disorder

Treating your mental health condition may improve your sleep. However, your sleep disorder may need to be treated separately.

How can my sleep disorder be treated?

When you meet with your Atara Health Solutions psychiatric nurse practitioner about a mental health issue, he also asks about your sleep patterns. If he diagnoses a sleep disorder, he prescribes medications to help your body and mind relax so you can sleep fully, as well as medications to address your mental health symptoms. 

Don’t put up with another night of lost sleep or another day of too much sleep. Get help with sleep disorders and other mental health issues by calling Atara Health Solutions booking an appointment online.