Sleep Disorders Q & A
What are the major sleep disorders?
Sleep disorders come in all different styles, just like the people who suffer from them. Some of the most common types include:
- Insomnia: Occurs when you have difficulty falling or staying asleep
- Sleep apnea: Happens when breathing issues interrupt your sleep
- Restless leg syndrome: Causes an uncomfortable sensation in your legs, leading to repeated movements
- Narcolepsy: Involves “sleep attacks” where you quickly fall asleep during the day
- Parasomnias: Include sleep disturbances like nightmares, sleepwalking, and bed wetting
While sleep disorders impact the amount and quality of sleep you get, they also impact how you function in your daily life and can decrease your health and safety.
How do I know if I have a sleep disorder?
While everyone has a restless night once in a while, when your sleep is constantly compromised, it can mean you have a sleep disorder.
Some signs and symptoms of sleep disorders you may experience include:
- Hard-to-manage daytime sleepiness
- Snoring, gasping for breath, or other breathing issues that disturb your sleep
- Increased sleep movements that keep you up at night
- Trouble falling and staying asleep
- Drowsy driving (which is responsible for over 1,500 deaths a year)
Because sleep disorders can disturb your whole life, over time they can lead to things like depression and anxiety.
Can sleep disorders be treated?
Dr. Singh can use multiple approaches to treat your sleep disorder and restore your sleep. Initially, Dr. Singh discusses ways you can improve your sleep hygiene. By incorporating daily habits that allow your body and mind to prepare for sleep, you can fall asleep quicker and easier and stay asleep longer.
He often recommends that you strive for a consistent bedtime and wake time, even on the weekends. Create the ideal sleep environment by making your bedroom dark and quiet and slightly dropping the temperature. He also recommends avoiding electronic devices, including television and smartphones, for at least 30 minutes before bed.
When your sleep disorder requires more than improved sleep habits, Dr. Singh can treat the underlying causes. This may include things like medication (sleeping pills, melatonin, or allergy medications) or breathing devices such as a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine. If you suffer from teeth grinding, he may suggest an oral appliance.
If lack of sleep has started to impact how you feel and function, find a solution with Dr. Singh. Call the office or go online today to schedule your appointment.