Sleep Dysfunction

Sleep Dysfunction: a silent epidemic

Insomnia is a sleep disorder that is characterized by difficulty falling and/or staying asleep. People with insomnia have one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Early Insomnia:  Difficulty falling asleep
  • Mid-Insomnia:  Waking up often during the night and having trouble going back to sleep
  • Late-Insomnia: Waking up too early in the morning
  • Functional Insomnia:  Feeling tired upon waking

Primary insomnia is defined as sleep difficulty unrelated to a recognized  health condition or problem.

Secondary insomnia is defined as sleep difficulty related or resulting from another medical condition or problem, such as asthma, pain,  depression, arthritis, cancer, or heartburn.  Medication side effects and certain foods/beverages can cause secondary insomnia.

Insomnia  can be short-term (acute insomnia) or can persist (chronic insomnia). Insomnia can be intermittent, as well

Insomnia is diagnosed as ‘chronic’ when it occurs for  least three nights a week, and persists for a month or longer.

I will be posting suggestions for non-prescription diagnosis and treatment for this rather common disorder.

David S Klein, MD

David S. Klein, MD, FACA, FACPM was born in Washington, DC, and was raised in Chevy Chase, Maryland. He completed his undergraduate education at the University of Maryland with degrees in Chemistry and Psychology.

Medical School was completed at the University of Maryland at Baltimore, followed by Internship in General Surgery at the University of North Carolina and Residency in Anesthesiology at the Duke University, Durham, North Carolina. Dr Klein has been practicing medicine since 1983, concentrating in Pain Medicine, Minimally Invasive Medicine and Surgery, and Neuroendocrinology. Earning Board Certification in Anesthesiology, Dr. Klein was elected Fellow in the American College of Anesthesiology, and he was elected Fellow in the American College of Pain Medicine. He is currently an adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Central Florida, School of Medicine.

He has focused his private practice on treating patients with hormone imbalance issues, nutritional deficiency related medical problems as well as pain related issues and impairment. With a highly-complex, CLIA licensed laboratory in-house, he has been able to provide rapid-turn around analysis efficiently and cost-effectively.
Lecturing extensively nationally as well as internationally, Dr. Klein has authored many articles on topics relating to pain, injury and nutritionally modulated illness. His radio show, “Pain Free Living,” received top ratings during the 6 years it was on the air. Currently practicing in Longwood, Florida, Dr. Klein practices entirely in the office setting.

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