Do I Have a Sleep Disorder?

woman asleep at work deskAccording to the National Sleep Foundation, as many as 70 million Americans struggle with sleep disorders. These disorders can leave sufferers tired and unfocused, affecting both health and quality of life.

Sleep disorders symptoms typically last longer than two weeks and produce at least one of these issues:

  • Inability to fall asleep, laying in bed an hour or more before sleeping.
  • Inability to stay asleep, “always” waking up after two hours of rest.
  • Inability to get rest, feeling tired when it seems like you were asleep all night.

Many people don’t realize that they are actually suffering from a serious sleep disorder. Avoiding diagnosis and treatment can be dangerous.

The Importance of Treating Sleep Disorders Promptly

Left untreated, sleep disorders contribute to a wide variety of serious health problems including high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke. Lack of adequate sleep taxes the body’s systems, making immune function and wound healing more difficult.

Sleep disorders also affect those who don’t have them. Experts have estimated that poor sleep is responsible for more than $63 billion in lost productivity in the United States each year. Not only that, but insomnia is a significant factor in accidental fatal injuries.

Underlying medical conditions cause many sleep disturbances. When properly treated, you’re able to achieve deep, restful sleep.

Sleep Disorder Treatment

Sleep disorders can be caused from:

  • Anxiety and mood issues that cause racing thoughts.
  • Medical conditions that block airflow during sleep, such as obstructive sleep apnea.
  • Neurological and biochemical issues that delay the onset of sleep or wakefulness.

Many people who have sleep disorders feel they’ve tried everything to improve their sleep health. Eliminating every source of light, refraining from using computers before bed, and setting sleep times may work, but for many, it's not enough. Your sleeplessness may be produced by a medical condition.

After properly customized treatment, many people return to a sound, restful sleep within a few weeks. The various health consequences of poor sleep can be healed by the body naturally once normal sleep returns. In addition, most people experience more energy, clearer thinking, and better moods.

How Does Sleep Disorder Treatment Work?

Treatment for sleep disorders depends on the underlying issue. To diagnose it, sleep specialists use a sleep study – known as a polysomnogram. In this non-invasive, pain-free procedure, you sleep at a lab facility that monitors you overnight. Using sensors, where functions of your heart, lungs, and other organs are recorded. Based on the readouts, a customized treatment is prescribed. Home sleep studies may be an option as well. Patients are able to test their sleeping patterns in their own bed/surroundings, eliminating the ‘first night effects.’ Talk to your doctor about the best treatment plan as well as restrictions on diet, activities, and medication.

To learn more about receiving customized treatment, contact ENT Centers of Excellence to book an appointment today.

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