Sleep DisorderTreatments

Overview

A Good Night’s Sleep is Possible

Once you know why you can’t sleep, you can choose a sleep disorder treatment option that fits your lifestyle and overall health goals. Treatment options include non-invasive therapies like cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), CPAP, relaxation techniques and biofeedback, as well as medication and surgery.

Relaxation Techniques

Relaxation techniques like guided imagery, deep breathing and progressive relaxation help to create a relaxed state that encourages sleep. You’ll learn simple yet powerful ways to calm the mind and body and reduce the stress that can cause sleep problems. 

Psychological Treatment

Psychological treatment can be very effective at managing conditions like insomnia and other sleep disorders. Through cognitive behavioral therapy and relaxation techniques, you’ll uncover the connection between your thoughts, behaviors and sleep patterns. You’ll learn how to reframe thoughts and behaviors that inhibit sleep, and choose new beliefs and behaviors that enhance the quality of your sleep.

Biofeedback

Sometimes sleep problems are caused by a physiological reaction to stress, such as a spike in blood pressure or increased heartbeat. Biofeedback therapy teaches you how to control these physiological processes in order to eliminate stress so you can sleep.

Using a specially equipped computer, you’ll get readings of stress levels in your body. From there, you’ll learn how to control things that are ordinarily involuntary such as blood pressure, heart rate and muscle tension. When you can recognize and relieve stress in the body through biofeedback, it’s much easier to relax and sleep.

CPAP

Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) is a non-surgical sleep disorder treatment option that’s been proven to treat sleep apnea. During CPAP sleep apnea treatment, you’ll wear a mask over your nose during sleep while using a CPAP machine. The mask pushes air into your airway so the tissues in the throat are supported and breath stoppage is prevented.

Medication

Medications can play an important role in managing sleep issues. If you have difficulty sleeping because of allergies, for instance, the right medication can enhance breathing and make sleep easier. You may also benefit from sleep aids that assist with falling asleep and staying asleep during the night.

Surgery

Most people can effectively treat sleep disorders without surgery. If you do need surgery, however, it will most likely involve one or more of the following procedures:

  • Correction of a nasal deformity
  • Removal of tonsils
  • Removal of adenoids

These surgical procedures reduce excess tissue in order to widen the airway and make it easier to breathe, which in turns makes it easier to sleep.

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