Sleep Disorders TreatmentWappingers Falls, NY
Getting an effective sleep disorder treatment is a life-changing event. Nothing affects your ability to live your life to the fullest like a sleep disorder. It leaves you feeling tired when you get up in the morning, you are unable to focus on important tasks during the day and you constantly find yourself feeling sleepy even though it is almost impossible to sleep at night.
Benefits of Sleep Disorder Treatment
A sleep disorder can also negatively affect your overall health since your body does most of its repairs while you are asleep. When you do not get enough quality sleep, your body is not able to recharge, in a sense.
Fortunately, most sleep disorders are treatable conditions. Patients will begin to notice a boost in mental and physical health with the sleep disorder treatments at our practice.
One of the most obvious benefits of sleep disorder treatment is being able to sleep better. When a person has not been able to get a good night's rest in years, being able to sleep well and wake up energized often improves the person's personal and professional life. The end result is usually a happier patient.
Improved Quality of Life
Treating disorders like sleep apnea not only benefits the person with the disorder but also those around them. Spouses no longer have to worry about the patient's snoring or restlessness at night, and that leads to healthier relationships.
Improved sleep also eliminates the physical effects of sleep deprivation like headaches, fatigue, irritability, weight gain or dry mouth.
People who do not seek treatment for their sleep disorder will become more susceptible to health conditions, including cardiovascular issues. Conversely, those who get sleep disorder treatments are less likely to have cardiovascular issues, as well as lower mortality risks. Professional sleep treatment also leads to better control of serious health issues like hypertension or diabetes.
How Home Sleep Apnea Testing can Help
The first step to a proper diagnosis and treatment for sleep disorders is with professional sleep apnea testing. This test provides the doctor with all the information needed to make an accurate diagnosis, without requiring the patient to spend a few nights in a sleep lab.
It usually involves wearing equipment that records vital information while you sleep. When it comes to home sleep apnea testing, there are a variety of testing devices that are often used. Some measure the patient's breathing, while others measure vitals like the patient's heart rate, blood oxygen level or sleep patterns.
The patient is typically responsible for setting up the equipment in their bedroom, so there is no need to worry about losing any privacy. Home sleep apnea testing is usually recommended for those who have moderate to severe sleep apnea.
Popular Sleep Disorder Treatments
CPAP Breathing Machine
Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) breathing machines are the go-to treatment for sleep apnea. The device creates positive airflow in the user's airways, which clears up any obstacles in there. The device consists of a CPAP mask and a hose that is about six feet long. Some devices come with a humidifier to prevent the patient's airways from drying out.
Sleep apnea is typically caused by a part of the patient's airway being blocked by a soft tissue, like the tongue or throat muscles. The obstruction can lead to the person's airways being completely blocked, and that sends a signal to the brain, waking the person up so they can breathe. This can happen anywhere from five to 30 times in one night. It is hard to get a good night's rest when you are constantly waking up to breathe.
With a CPAP machine, the air that the wearer is breathing has enough pressure behind it to push any obstacles in the person's airways out of the way. The pressure also helps prevent the patient's airways from collapsing during sleep.
To make a proper diagnosis and administer the proper snoring treatment, the doctor will often require at-home sleep apnea testing to get a better understanding of how snoring affects the patient's sleep. Imaging tests like X-rays might also be used to make a diagnosis.
People who snore often have obstructive sleep apnea, but not all snorers do. Snoring can be caused by other things like nasal problems, obesity, how the patient sleeps, sleep deprivation, the anatomy of the patient's mouth and alcohol consumption.
The cause of the patient's snoring is what determines the treatment options. Common snoring treatments include:
- Nasal congestion treatments
- Losing weight
- Avoiding alcoholic drinks before going to bed
- Wearing an oral appliance like a mouth guard before going to bed
- Upper airway surgery
- Using a CPAP breathing machine
Not all sleep disorders require the use of the treatments listed above. There are disorders like insomnia, narcolepsy, sleepwalking and restless leg syndrome that can be addressed with sleep medicine. Popular medications used for sleep disorder treatment include:
- Melatonin receptor stimulators
After getting treatment for their sleep disorders, most patients report greatly improved quality of life.
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