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Difficulty sleeping is one of the most common conditions seen in our clinic. Insomnia can be a standalone challenge or a sign/symptom of another chronic condition or imbalance.

While it is normal to have trouble sleeping when you are stressed, chronic insomnia is a sleep disorder that can cause or worsen chronic pain, immune dysfunction, heart problems, and mental health challenges. If you struggle with insomnia, contact the NY Center for Integrative Medicine in Brooklyn to find relief.

What causes insomnia?

There are three main types of insomnia-acute, intermittent, and chronic. While acute insomnia is a normal response to stress, intermittent and chronic insomnia can have many underlying causes. Some of the most common risk factors are:

  • Improper nighttime habits
  • Depression or anxiety
  • Stress
  • Inactivity
  • Chronic illness
  • Medications

To diagnose the cause of your insomnia, we will need to get a clear picture of your health. We will start with a thorough intake on your first visit get to know you better. We can also perform in-office WAVi scans to see how your brain is functioning, blood work to check for hormone imbalances and nutrient deficiencies, and a microbiome analysis to look for imbalances that can affect your ability to sleep at night.

What are the treatments for insomnia?

Because everyone is unique, a personalized treatment plan for insomnia is essential. Our practice focuses on holistic medicine meant to optimize your health. By directly addressing concerns we find during the diagnostic process and modifying certain behaviors, we can help you find a good night’s sleep. Beyond this, we offer targeted treatments including mind-body medicine, acupuncture, lifestyle changes, botanical medicine and nutraceuticals, and prescription medication when necessary.

By addressing your concerns at an individual level, we can improve your overall functioning and help you feel better every day. Our goal is to help you reach your optimum health as well as treat the symptoms that brought you to our office.

Dr. Robert Kachko discuss what is insomnia and how can it be assessed?

Dr. Robert Kachko discuss what is insomnia and how can it be assessed
Are you having trouble falling asleep? What is insomnia? Watch the video as Dr. Robert Kachko discusses what insomnia is and how it can be assessed.

What is insomnia?

Hi, this is Dr. Robert Kachko from New York Center for Integrative Medicine, and I am here to talk all about insomnia or troubled sleeping.

For some people, that might include difficulty falling asleep. For others, it might mean difficulty staying asleep.

For others still, it might mean a problematic quality of sleep, or they’re not getting the deep levels of sleep they need to rest and recover fully.

The body needs sleep to recover from any chronic challenge, and poor sleep can become a bit of a vicious cycle.

What are the complications insomnia will cause?

Poor sleep impacts many things, including anxiety, chronic pain, digestive disorders, and metabolic disorders.

For example, sleeping just five hours a night for one week can increase a person’s chance of being diabetic many times. The same poor sleep can both contribute to pain and result from pain.

How does NY Center for Integrative Medicine determine treatments for insomnia?

At New York Center for Integrative Medicine, it always starts with your medical history when we consider a thorough assessment.

It starts with getting a sense of why you’re sleeping poorly and how you’ve been sleeping throughout your life.

Once we get an idea of what that story looks like, we then do additional testing to assess nutrient deficiencies and hormone imbalances.

Insomnia can affect not only your sleep patterns but life in general. Book a consultation with us today.


Dr. Robert Kachko discusses treatment options available for insomnia at NY Center For Integrative Medicine

Dr. Robert Kachko discusses treatment options available for insomnia at NY Center For Integrative Medicine
Insomnia can be a hindrance to your daily life. Watch this video as Dr. Robert Kachko discusses treatment options available for insomnia at NY Center For Integrative Medicine.

What are the causes of insomnia?

One hormone, in particular, that could play a huge role when it comes to insomnia is Cortisol. Cortisol is your body’s main stress hormone.

If it is not Increasing at the correct times of the day, specifically if it’s too high in the middle of the night, it can be challenging to have a restful sleep because the body senses that it’s always under stress.

Alongside Cortisol we also have to consider the health of the autonomic nervous system.

We can test this in-office with our Cardio ANS and Wavi testing to get a sense if the sympathetic and parasympathetic parts of your nervous system can transition you into a restful, calm, restorative sleep.

What are the treatment options available for insomnia?

Once we’ve done a thorough, comprehensive assessment, we have to consider how to help you sleep better.

That almost always starts with sleep hygiene training based on principles of cognitive-behavioral therapy.

Next, we consider nutrition and lifestyle. We use calming nutraceuticals and botanicals, sometimes alongside prescription medications.

Sometimes instead of prescription medications, we use acupuncture, a beautiful tool to help people relax and transition into a restful sleep.

We use mind-body medicine techniques like hypnotherapy and biofeedback. We use IV nutrient therapy to give your body a high dose of calming nutrients that can help your brain relax and transition into a restful sleep.

Sometimes we prescribe medications as a last resort and usually for as little time as possible to help you break the cycle of poor sleep.

Insomnia can affect not only your sleep patterns but life in general. Book a consultation with us today.