Sleep Disorder Treatment

Close to 50 million Americans suffer from chronic, long-term sleep disorders, and an additional 22 million report sleeping problems occasionally. The figures have worsened due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Do you feel tired and groggy every morning? Do you wake up in the middle of the night? You could be suffering from a sleeping disorder.

If you can’t sleep well due to stress or a hectic schedule every once in a while you don’t have a sleeping disorder. But if your sleep issues become consistent and interfere with your daily activities, then you might.

The risks of inadequate sleep extend way beyond tiredness. Sleeplessness can lead to poor performance at work or school, increased risk of injury and an impact on overall mental health.

Types of Sleep Disorders

What Causes Sleep Disorder?

Some sleep disorders are caused by stress while others are caused by underlying health problems. The most common types of sleep disorders are:

  • Sleep Apnea
  • Restless leg syndrome and Bruxism
  • Parasomnias
  • Narcolepsy

Sleep Apnea

Pauses between breaths during sleep and loud snoring

Shift workers and patients suffering from other sleep disorders have a higher risk of insomnia. Prolonged changes and disruption to sleep routines and hygiene tend to aggravate it. Insomnia is also related to dissatisfaction with the quality of sleep, thus resulting in daily physical and emotional symptoms that have an impact on social and cognitive performance.Sleep apnea is a condition where there are pauses in between your breaths during sleep, causing loud snoring. This means you take in less oxygen. You may also wake up frequently at night. You may wake up not feeling sluggish and groggy.
There are two types:
•       Obstructive sleep apnea is caused by a blockage of airway. The symptoms include snoring, excessive daytime sleepiness, breathing pauses during sleep and snorting or gasping.
•       Central sleep apnea is caused by an instable respiratory control center. It is seen frequently in people who have suffered from a stroke, heart failure or other forms of cardiac and pulmonary disease.
While snoring is far more common in men, almost 6% percent of women snore regularly. Many individuals who have sleep apnea feel tired all the time, fall asleep when they don’t want to and are at risk of heart failure, stroke and hypertension.

Restless leg syndrome and Bruxism

Moving Legs and Grinding Teeth

This condition triggers an overwhelming urge to move your legs. A tingling sensation in the legs usually accompanies this urge.
People with attention deficit hyperactive disorder and Parkinson’s tend to have this disorder. Bruxism means grinding of the teeth while sleeping, and may also contribute to sleep disorders.

Insomnia

Difficulty in Falling Asleep

Insomnia is a sleeping disorder where it will be very difficult for you to fall asleep and stay asleep. The usual culprits for insomnia are stress, digestive problems and jetlag. Chronic insomnia can lead to obesity, depression, and lack of concentration.
Insomnia doesn’t discriminate by age; however, more than two-thirds of older adults experience symptoms.
The inability to sleep could also signal other conditions, including depression, chronic stress and nighttime pain, often making health conditions worse. Talking with one of La Jolla Recovery´s sleep specialist is one of the first steps in insomnia treatment.

Parasomnias

Abnormal Movements during Sleep

Parasomnias make you display abnormal movements and behavior such as sleepwalking, bedwetting and talking in sleep.

Narcolepsy

Falling Asleep Without Warning

Also known as “sleep attacks”, in this condition you fall asleep without warning.
If you fall asleep at work, while driving or during conversation, you could be suffering from narcolepsy, which affects an estimated 25 in 100,000 Americans. Narcolepsy may cause you to fall asleep uncontrollably throughout the day, induce excessive daytime sleepiness or even cause hallucinations. Ignoring the symptoms can pose tremendous danger while driving, operating machinery or carrying out daily tasks.  Narcolepsy can also cause sleep paralysis, where you can’t move after waking up.

Symptoms of Sleeping Disorders

The exact signs will vary according to the disorder. However, the general symptoms of most sleeping disorders are:
•       Fatigue during the day
•       Inability to fall asleep; irritation; lack of focus on your job or homework
•       An urge to nap during the daytime
•       Depression

Some form of sleep disruption is present in nearly all psychiatric disorders. Studies also show that people with chronic insomnia are at high risk of developing an anxiety disorderSleep disorders can disrupt your life, but they have a solution.
There are therapies available at La Jolla Recovery that you can opt for to get relief. Stick to your treatment plan and treat sleep disorders positiviely with the help of our professional clinicians at our state of the art venue in San Diego, California.

Sleep Disorder Treatment

Treatment options at La Jolla Recovery include medication assisted treatment, cognitive-behavior therapy, which teaches how to modify behaviors that foster sleeping problems and relaxation techniques.  We’ll make getting a good night’s sleep a priority. You will block out 7 to 9 hours for a full night of uninterrupted sleep, and try to wake up at the same time every day.
We’ll get a regular bedtime routine, reducing stimulants like coffee and nicotine. You may ask us to supervise your use of the laptop, TV, your mobile apps or exercise before going to bed. We’ll facilitate alternative behaviors or activities with peers or supervisors and a detailed plan at La Jolla Recovery.

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