Between 50 and 70 million Americans experience some type of sleep disturbance. Without proper diagnosis and treatment, sleep disturbances can impair physical function and increase your risk of more serious health problems. At Gearity Wellness Center in St. Cloud and Orlando, Florida, the team safely addresses sleep disturbances, including insomnia and sleep apnea. To schedule an appointment, call the nearest office or book online today.
Sleep disturbances, or sleep disorders, are medical conditions that prevent you from getting a good night’s sleep. When left untreated, sleep disturbances can affect your health and quality of life. Additionally, sleep disturbances make it difficult to focus or pay attention and increase your risk of automobile accidents.
There are several types of sleep disorders. Each disorder falls into a specific subcategory based on how they affect your natural sleep-wake cycle. Sleep disturbances usually result in breathing problems, difficulty sleeping, or exhaustion during the day.
The caring team at Gearity Wellness Center treats a variety of sleep disturbances, including:
Insomnia is a sleep disturbance that makes it difficult to fall asleep at night. Some people with insomnia fall asleep, but end up waking several hours later. Over time, insomnia affects your mental and physical health. It also increases your risk of accidents and work-related injuries.
Sleep apnea is a blanket term that refers to several sleep disturbances that affect your breathing. There are three types of sleep apnea. Anyone can develop sleep apnea, but it’s especially common in people over the age of 50 who are overweight.
Restless legs syndrome (RLS) is a sleep movement disorder. RLS causes an uncomfortable sensation in your legs and feet. Ultimately, this makes you want to move your legs, preventing you from getting comfortable.
Narcolepsy is a sleep disturbance that causes feelings of extreme fatigue throughout the day. If you have narcolepsy, you might fall asleep suddenly at work or while running errands.
To diagnose a sleep disturbance, your provider at Gearity Wellness Center conducts a physical and neurological exam, reviews your medical history, and asks about your symptoms. If these steps don’t provide enough information, your provider might also order laboratory testing or a sleep study.
Treatment for sleep disturbances depends on the severity of your symptoms and their effect on your quality of life. Usually, the team at Gearity Wellness Center recommends a combination of healthy lifestyle changes, prescription medications, and regular check-ups.
For example, if you experience insomnia, you might benefit from establishing a sleep schedule and avoiding caffeine. If you have sleep apnea, you might benefit from a custom oral appliance or continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP).
To explore the treatment options for sleep disturbances, schedule an appointment at Gearity Wellness Center. Call the nearest office or book a consultation online today.