If you think you have a sleep disorder, you should know that the condition can take on a variety of forms. Whether you are suffering from insomnia, sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome or something else, a good night’s sleep is critical. The best treatments for sleep disorders typically involve a comprehensive multidisciplinary approach. However, the best treatment varies from patient to patient.
A Look at Insomnia
Millions of people in the United States suffer from insomnia, the inability to fall asleep and stay asleep despite the adequate time to do so. When you don’t get enough sleep, it can cause weight gain, mood swings and abnormal hormonal levels as well as fatigue, among other things.
When it comes to treatments for insomnia, many people use medications unnecessarily when a simple change in lifestyle or another modest measure might be the answer. Cutting back on caffeinated beverages like coffee and energy drinks, for example, may be beneficial. Another common recommendation is going to bed at the same time each night. It all depends on the unique situation.
What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder in which breathing is interrupted while asleep on a continuous level. It is usually caused by a collapsed windpipe, which can occur as a part of the aging process. Some people are born with it. Other people develop it as a result of something else, such as being overweight. It can, sometimes, be a symptom of a more serious neurological disorder.
Sleep apnea is usually treated with a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine. This is a machine that has a mask that is worn over the nose and mouth while in bed. It delivers a constant supply of air pressure to keep the windpipe from collapsing.
Treating Restless Leg Syndrome
Restless leg syndrome (RLS) is a condition in which irritating sensations in the legs causes an overpowering urge to move the legs, often occurring multiple times during sleep. Getting out of bed and walking around for a while can relieve the problem, but it is often hard for sufferers to go back to sleep afterwards. Restless leg syndrome can only be diagnosed by an experienced medical professional and treatments may include lifestyle changes, biofeedback or behavior modification, just to name a few.
Contact Our Office Today
Whatever your sleep disorder may be, it’s important to see one of our sleep specialists at The NeuroMedical Institute as soon as possible. Quality of sleep is a vital part of achieving optimum health. Our office is located in Panama City. Contact us today to schedule a consultation to learn more about your treatment options!