Posts by Eric Nofzinger, MD

What, Why, and How of Insomnia

The What Every day, millions of people worldwide suffer from an inability to sleep. Occasional sleeplessness affects half of all Americans. For some, the occurrence of insomnia can be brief and resolved without treatment. However, insomnia becomes chronic for 1…


Why is Deep Sleep Important?

A 54-year-old woman came into my office the other day to talk about her sleep problems.  She was distraught.  Her eyes were heavy.  She looked fatigued and anxious.  She spoke slowly and tried to concentrate on what she was saying,…


Anxiety, Depression, and Insomnia

“If only I could get some sleep at night, I think I would get better.” Almost every mental health professional has heard a patient say these words, or something to the same effect. Many individuals suffer from debilitating worries or…


Why Can’t I Fall Asleep?

As most people know, the first step towards finding a solution is to first identify the cause of the problem. Therefore, most people dealing with insomnia start with a simple question: why can’t I fall asleep? Insomnia is kind of…


Inside the Brain of Insomnia

As a sleep physician, I’ve been amazed at how many of my patients with sleep problems have told me that their minds just won’t stop racing when they lie down to try to fall asleep. How can this be? They…


Calming the Racing Mind

I think you will agree, we live in a world that’s always on the go. Whether it’s in the mornings to beat traffic, after work to pick up dinner or at night to cheer on your kids at their sporting…