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Unity Behavioral Health

Lexie P Barton, FNP

Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner located in New Mexico

You’re not alone if you struggle to get to sleep or stay asleep. Insomnia affects about 30% of people in the United States. If you have insomnia, board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, Lexie Barton, FNP, at Unity Behavioral Health can help. At her telemedicine-based practice in Albuquerque, New Mexico, she takes a holistic approach to care, focusing on finding and treating the root cause of your insomnia. To learn more about her specialized treatment options, call the office or book an appointment online today.

Insomnia Q & A

What is insomnia?

Insomnia is a sleep disorder that makes it hard for you to fall asleep or stay asleep. 

The amount of sleep you need to feel fully rested varies. Most adults need 7-9 hours of uninterrupted sleep each night. 

Insomnia is common and may be acute or chronic.

Acute insomnia

With acute insomnia, your inability to get a good night’s rest may last a few days or a few weeks. This type of insomnia often develops from stress or a traumatic experience. 

Chronic insomnia

Chronic insomnia is a sleep disorder that lasts a month or more and may develop from an underlying medical condition or medication. 

What are insomnia symptoms?

Insomnia affects your physical, mental, and emotional health. Common symptoms include:

  • Difficulty falling asleep
  • Trouble staying asleep
  • Waking up too early
  • Not feeling rested when you wake up
  • Irritability
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Poor concentration
  • Feeling tired during the day
  • Need for daytime naps
  • Constant worry about your inability to sleep at night

In most cases, insomnia resolves on its own. However, if your insomnia is chronic or affecting your daily life, Lexie at Unity Behavioral Health can help. 

What can I expect during an insomnia consultation?

You can expect a comprehensive assessment during your telemedicine insomnia consultation at Unity Behavioral Health. Lexie is an experienced health care provider and takes a whole-person approach to care.

Rather than focusing on your symptoms or diagnoses, she asks detailed questions about your health and wellness to fully understand the root cause of your insomnia and develop the most effective treatment plan. 

During your consultation, she asks about your mental health and physical history, the types of medications and supplements you take, your daily routine, life stresses, and bedtime habits. 

She may also request lab work to confirm or rule out a medical condition that may explain your insomnia. Your lab work may include an assessment of your hormone levels, which may affect your sleep cycle. 

How is insomnia treated?

Lexie takes a personalized approach to the treatment of insomnia based on the underlying cause. Your treatment plan may include:

  • Healthy bedtime routine
  • Stress management techniques
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Hormone replacement therapy
  • Nutritional supplements
  • Prescription medication to address underlying medical or psychiatric condition

Lexie believes in building long-term relationships with her patients and schedules regular follow-up appointments to monitor you and your health so she can adjust your plan as needed. She also provides counseling services to augment her medical treatments.

Insomnia affects your emotional, mental, and physical well-being. To get the help you need, contact Unity Behavioral Health by phone or schedule an appointment online today.