Sleep Disorders

Finding Order When Dealing with Sleep Disorders

People often neglect sleep when they think about the things they need to survive. In reality, though, sleep is one of your fundamental bodily requirements and it serves an essential role in keeping you healthy. With more than 50 million Americans living with sleep disorders, you could easily find yourself stuck with sleepless nights. But how exactly can you solve this problem?

What are Sleep Disorders?

There are more than 80 different sleep disorders that are found in the US. Each of these conditions will make it hard to drop off, get into a deep sleep, or maintain sleep for a whole night, ultimately leaving those suffering with them feeling exhausted. There are four major sleep disorders that are most common amongst normal people.

  • Sleep Apnea: Sleep apnea causes your breathing to stop and start while you are sleeping, often jolting you awake with what sounds like a large snore.
  • Insomnia: Insomnia is quite a broad condition, and is usually characterized by sleeplessness and trouble falling asleep.
  • Restless Leg Syndrome: Restless leg syndrome causes sufferers to have the overwhelming urge to move their legs. This makes it extremely hard to sleep, while also being frustrating for those living with it.
  • Narcolepsy: People suffering from narcolepsy find it very difficult to regulate their sleeping patterns. This can involve long sleepless nights followed by days with intermittent stretches of exhaustion.

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How Can I Treat Sleep Disorders?

Treating a sleep disorder can be difficult, as they usually don’t have a simple answer. To start, improving your sleep hygiene is a very good way to improve a sleep disorder, giving you a defined sleeping pattern that will be hard to unsettle.

For conditions like sleep apnea, special machines can be used to regulate your breathing, ensuring that you don’t get woken by it. Chemical treatments can also be used, with stimulants providing a good way to get through a day and leave you feeling sleepy at the end of it. It’s always worth thinking about the quality of the sleep you’re getting, with strong sleeping pills often leaving you just as tired as you would’ve been without sleep.

The team at Cochise Oncology will work with you to determine a treatment plan that will help you feel better rested.

What Can I Expect During My Treatment?

It can be hard to predict what you will experience as you go through treatments like this. Everyone will have a different reaction, with some finding it easy to slip into a regular sleeping pattern with the help of their treatment, and others noticing other problems as they go through it. Your doctor will be on hand to help you along the way, making it well worth seeking their advice if you are concerned and need advice.

Is There Any Downtime? 

You will still be able to work, be social, and handle your regular commitments when you are living with a sleep disorder, but certain aspects of your life are likely to be more challenging. Concentrating and keeping yourself focused will be harder, and many people notice a dip in their mood that makes it difficult to be social. Thankfully, solving these problems is possible.

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