Insomnia Specialist

Sophia Rahman, MD -  - Primary Care

Sophia Rahman, MD

Primary Care located in Plano, TX

Sleep doesn’t have to be elusive. Whether you have trouble falling asleep, staying asleep, or waking up feeling rested, Sophia Rahman, MD, is here to help. She has years of experience treating insomnia for patients living in Stonewood Park and the surrounding Plano, Texas, area. Get started on your path to a good night’s sleep by calling her or scheduling your appointment online.

Insomnia Q & A

What is insomnia?

It’s normal to have trouble falling asleep sometimes. It’s also normal to occasionally wake up in the middle of the night. But regularly dealing with these sleep issues is a sign of insomnia. Insomnia is a sleep disorder that compromises your ability to get rest at night. This leaves you feeling sluggish and fatigued throughout your day, which can impact your work performance, your relationships, and other key areas of your life. 

The most common symptoms of insomnia include:

  • Waking up feeling tired
  • Trouble falling asleep
  • Waking up throughout the night
  • Fatigue throughout the day
  • Irritability
  • Trouble concentrating

For people without insomnia, sleep is a reprieve at the day’s end. If thinking about sleep makes you feel anxious or frustrated, it could be a sign that you’re living with this sleep disorder. 

What causes insomnia?

There are a variety of causes for insomnia. Some affect you only in the short term, meaning you have acute insomnia that resolves after a time. But others cause chronic insomnia that lasts for months or more. 

The most common causes of both acute and chronic insomnia include:

  • Stress
  • Consuming caffeine too late in the day
  • Eating too late in the day
  • Using screens too close to bedtime
  • An irregular sleep schedule
  • Certain medications
  • Consuming too much alcohol
  • Consuming nicotine, especially late in the day
  • Hormonal changes

Can insomnia be treated?

Absolutely. To best treat your insomnia, Dr. Rahman first talks with you about your lifestyle habits, especially those later in the day, to identify the root cause of your sleep disorder. 

In many cases, insomnia can be effectively treated with lifestyle changes. Managing your stress, avoiding substances that inhibit sleep, and creating a consistent bedtime routine can all make a dramatic difference. Going to bed and getting up at the same time every day is one of the best things you can do to encourage restful sleep. Maintaining a consistent sleep schedule allows your body’s circadian rhythm to support your sleep patterns.

If lifestyle changes don’t improve your sleep quality, Dr. Rahman also offers medication. She works with you to find the right medication and dosage to ensure you get high-quality sleep with minimal side effects.

A good night’s rest is waiting. Call Sophia Rahman, MD, or schedule your appointment online.