What Does Sleep Disorder Clinic Do?

Sleep disorders entail issues with the amount, timing and quality of sleep you get. These complications consequently lead to other medical problems related to distress and malfunctioning of different internal body mechanisms during morning. Sleep difficulties are associated with both emotional and physical problems. It has already been proven by various studies that sleep disorders can exacerbate a wide range of mental conditions.

It is pretty evident that sleep complications can cause a lot of trouble. But what is the right way to tackle them? Are there any professionals who have special expertise to deal with such conditions? Fortunately yes, there are! If you have any kind of sleep related disruption, you must get in touch with the Sleeping Disorders Clinic right away. The focus of this post is to shed light upon the services that sleep specialists offer.

Clinics Identify Different Sleep Disorders

Sleeping disorders are of different types. When you reach out to sleep clinics to discuss your problem, they try to identify the particular issue you have. It can be one of the most prominent sleep disorders that are explicated below:

— Insomnia

You might have seen many people around you who so casually claim to be suffering from insomnia. But little do they know that it is a very serious medical condition. Insomnia occurs when you cannot sleep for an adequate amount of time to feel well rested. It can be associated with having difficulties either in staying or falling asleep.

Most of the people who have insomnia do spend over twenty to thirty minutes to fall asleep at night. If the same cycle keeps on going for at least every three nights of week and sustain for around three months, then it turns into chronic insomnia. According to the experts of Auburn Labs, insomnia is known as the most commonly reported sleep disorder. It affects around 10% adults all over the globe and has various potential causes.

Acute insomnia is a sub category of this sleep disorder. It is a rare form of insomnia and does not last over three months. Acute insomnia is a hereditary problem that can even be lethal. Some of the effective treatments to deal with it include taking limited sleeping pills and pursuing cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT).

Narcolepsy

It is another serious sleep disorder that is defined by four typical symptoms that include hypnagogic hallucinations, sleep paralysis, cataplexy and excessive sleepiness during daytime. Narcolepsy can induce profound sleepiness. The most worrying aspect of this disorder is that it can make you fall asleep even in extremely inappropriate situations. Sleep paralysis occurs when an individual loses the capability to move his or her body while s/he is awake, generally when awakening or falling asleep.

In cataplexy, the patient loses muscle tone while responding to any emotional stimulus like laughter or surprise that leads to knee clasping. Hypnagogic hallucinations involve a multitude of vivid dreams such as tactile, visual or auditory sensations. These sensations take place when an individual tries to fall asleep. Sleeping Disorders Clinic treats narcolepsy by making use of different medications like antidepressants, sodium oxybate and stimulants.

— Sleep Paralysis

It can be absolutely petrifying. The patients of sleep paralysis temporarily become unable to move their bodies when switching from wakefulness to sleep (or vice verse), such as while waking up or falling asleep. The reason why sleep paralysis can freak you out is that you may appear and feel like fully wide awake, though unable to make any movement.

Hallucinations are also associated with this sleep disorder. Sleep paralysis is a pretty common condition and around twenty five percent of people normally get affected by it at least one time in their life. However, you need to be careful about it, since sleep paralysis can indicate early stages of narcolepsy as well.

Parasomnias

“Parasomnias” is a Latin word that literally means “around sleep”. Parasomnias signify numerous atypical sleep behaviors. Those behaviors can be goal directed, semi purposeful and unconscious complex with some importance or meaning to the affected individuals. Some of the most common behaviors that are associated with Parasomnias include rapid movement of eye, sleep sex, sleep-eating, sleepwalking, sleep-terrors or any other behavior that happens when the individual remains asleep.

— Sleep Apnea and Snoring

To most of the people snoring might seem very benign. In some cases, however, it probably even represents the difficulty an individual might be facing in keeping his/her throat open when sleeping. Sleep apnea is its graver companion. It is basically a chronic health condition in which patients stop breathing repeatedly while they are asleep. Such events can last for ten seconds and in some cases even more. It eventually drops the level of oxygen in blood along with awakenings from deep sleep. Sleep apnea can lead to and aggravate different serious medical conditions, such as diabetes, heart failure, hypertension, and stokes. Fortunately, Auburn Labs does have its various effective treatments.

— Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS)

RLS is a neurological disorder in which patients’ legs get unpleasant feelings that agitate them to move. Tingling, burning and aching are some of the sensations that are felt because of RLS. This disorder can be improved by doing different movements, such as rubbing, walking and stretching. There are multiple potential factors that cause RLS, including obesity, pregnancy and deficiency of iron.

Sleep Disorder Clinics Conduct Various Tests

In addition to the identification of diverse sleeping complexities, sleep specialists also conduct a range of tests that include:

— Home Study

It is quite natural that most of the people feel they get much better sleep at home as compared to sleeping in a clinic. That is definitely true. A good thing is that Auburn Labs have developed such programs through which your sleep patterns can be analyzed while they you are asleep at your home. These sleep studies generally include monitoring of basic sleep parameters like the abdomen and chest movements, heart rates and oxygen levels.

— Polysomnography (PSG)

It is widely known as one of the best diagnostic examinations of disorders related to sleep. In PSG you will have to pay a visit to the clinic that consists of well designed and fully equipped sleep laboratories. PSG involves overnight sessions in which a trained and proficient technician analyzes the sleep of patients.

There is a wide selection of physiological parameters that are monitored during this study. These parameters include extremity and eye movements, muscle tone, oxygen levels, respirations, EKG and ECG. An audio and video recording is also conducted so that a record can be kept of the whole night’s sleep. There are multiple sleeping disorders can be diagnosed with the help of Polysomnography, such as Parasomnias, RLS, sleep apnea and many others.

Sleep Disorder Clinics Offer Therapy

There are quite a few treatments that are offered by the doctors in order to cope with diverse sleep disorders. However, cognitive behavioral strategy (CBT) is known as the most effective and widely preferred therapy. An amazing thing that makes CBT so popular and successful is that it has the power to enhance your sleeping patterns by altering and correcting your bedtime behavior. It also modifies your thoughts that consequently do not let you sleep.

Sleep disorders are quite complicated. They can both trigger or get brought on by various emotional health complications, such as depression, stress and anxiety. That is why therapy has proved to be considerably effective in dealing with the underlying issues instead of merely treating the symptoms. CBT can be conducted either in the form of groups having patients with similar disorders or individually. Some sessions can also be carried on virtually.

It is a well known fact that the symptoms and causes of sleeping disorders significantly vary. Therefore, CBT offered by Sleeping Disorders Clinic should be tailored according to your particular issues. For instance, CBT insomnia also recognized as (CBT-I) is a special therapy that is designed only for those individuals who for some reason cannot get enough sleep.

In addition to this, the duration of CBT can vary depending upon different factors, such as the severity and kind of sleep disorder you have. It is critical to elucidate here that CBT is not the easiest cure and it rarely offers immediate results. However, it is quite effective since it addresses your negative behavior and thought patterns that eventually lead to insomnia and many other sleeping complications. As it is pretty clear from its name, CBT has two major components:

— Behavioral Therapy

It gives you instructions about how you can effectively avoid those behaviors that do not allow you sleep at night. Furthermore, behavioral therapy helps you in replacing those negative behaviors with the positive ones that contribute in creating better sleeping habits.

— Cognitive Therapy

Unlike behavioral therapy, the cognitive treatment focuses on what goes on inside your mind. It helps you in identifying and then changing those thoughts (cognitions) and beliefs that prevent you from sleeping comfortably. Dealing with cognitions can be slightly harder than correcting the negative behaviors. However, most of the people start to feel notable improvements after taking five to eight weekly therapy sessions.

How Auburn SleepMed is Helping Patients with Sleep Disorder

Our sleep center is a topnotch medical facility where people of all age groups arrive who are suffering from sleep disorders, and looking for some professional help. Our trained physicians offer you superlative services and provide assistance in getting rid of your condition as soon as possible. Sleep center is equipped with cutting edge apparatus and fully functional labs where sleep studies occur.

The whole procedure beings with the diagnosis of the particular sleep disorder followed by an effective range of therapies and medications pertinent to your condition. Before moving on and shedding light upon how does our sleep center can assist you in diagnosis and treatments of your condition it is crucial to have a quick glance on what sleep disorders really are.

What Are Sleep Disorders and Which Ones Are Treated By Auburn SleepMed?

Sleep disorders compromise a large group of medical conditions that negatively influence your ability to get proper sleep regularly. Whatever the cause maybe, it has been observed that sleep related problems are becoming more and more common in USA. As a matter of fact, it is alarming that over 75% of American citizens who are aged between twenty and fifty-nine reportedly suffer from sleeping issues quite often.

Most of the times you occasionally experience sleep related problems because of stringent schedules, immense stress and other similar external influences. However, once these complications start taking place more often than not and get in the way of your daily routine, they might signify some form of sleep disorder. The following are some of the most notable sleep disorders that are treated by Auburn SleepMed.

  • Central Sleep Apnea (CPA)
  • Narcolepsy
  • Insomnia
  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)
  • Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS)
  • Idiopathic Hypersomnia
  • Nightmare Disorders
  • All kinds of parasomnias
  • Obesity Hypoventilation Syndrome
  • REM Behavioural Disorder
  • Shift Work Sleeping Disorder
  • Circadian Rhythm Disorder

In addition to these sleep complexities, our sleep center’s highly trained and experienced staff members are well versed in the diagnosis and treatment of all sleep related issues under the sun.

How Does Auburn SleepMed Assist In Diagnosis of Sleep Disorders?

A wide range of tests are conducted by the expert physicians who aid in performing the precise diagnosis of your sleep problem. Some of the most noteworthy diagnostic techniques are explicated below:

Home Study

These tests are specially designed for those patients with no cardiac or pulmonary conditions. This is a study where you are able to take the equipment home with you. The elements that are watchfully examined during these studies include heart rates, level of oxygen and movement of different parts of your body.

Multiple Sleep Latency Testing (MSLT)

MSLT is commonly recognized as nap study. It is a test that is generally conducted once the initial PSG study is performed. After PSG, when you wake up in the morning you will have to follow pre-scheduled naps all through the day. Mostly these naps occur once in every 2 to 3 hours.

During these naps you will be given the goal to fall asleep within twenty minutes. A trained technician keeps on monitoring the whole situation and waits for the beginning of sleep. Right after twenty minutes the technician will wake you up again or you will be told that your nap time is over. Typically this test keeps on going for over the time period of ten hours.

MSLT is very helpful in the identification of excessive sleepiness during daytime. This symptom can be found in multiple sleeping disorders like REM, narcolepsy, Hypersomnia, idiopathic and sleep apnea.

Polysomnography (PSG)

It is considered as one of the most basic and effective tests when it comes to the diagnosis of various sleeping disorders. Unlike home study, this diagnostic test is conducted in the labs of clinic. In order to participate in this test first of all you arrive at Auburn SleepMed to stay overnight. You are able to bring items that you typically use in your normal bedtime routine, such as your nightclothes.

The space where PSG is conducted completely looks like a hotel room. It remains completely quiet and dark once the test begins. During the test this room is not shared with anyone. Sleep specialists monitor and analyze your behaviors and sleep patterns with the help of high tech cameras that work great in low-light conditions. This special room is also equipped with the latest audio system which is used for the two way communication.

Once you get fully ready to sleep, a technician will come up and place all the necessary sensors on different parts of your body. Some of the factors that are monitored during Polysomnography include:

  • Snoring
  • Brain waves
  • Limb movement
  • Eye movements
  • Abdominal and chest movement
  • Heart rate
  • Position of the body
  • Levels of oxygen
  • Breathing patterns

Titration Study

This study is performed after the diagnostic study (PSG), and provides information regarding the CPAP pressure settings for each patient. Titration studies are done with (CPAP) Continuous Positive Airway Pressure at the sleep lab. CPAP is basically a machine that makes use of a pump that sends pressurized air into the patient’s lungs. CPAP is particularly effective for you if you are suffering from either obstructive or central sleep apnea.

How Does Auburn SleepMed Treat Sleep Disorders?

It must be noted here that the methods to cure sleep disorders may considerably vary primarily on the basis of the severity and type of condition you have. However, generally the treatment consists of an effective combination of both lifestyle changes and medical remedies.

Medical Remedies

Any of the following medical methods can be employed by sleep specialists in order to cure sleep disruptions:

  • Dental guards (often for grinding teeth)
  • Sleeping pills
  • Surgery or breathing device (often in cases of sleep apnea)
  • Melatonin supplements
  • Medications to deal with any kind of underlying health related problem
  • Cold or allergy medication

Changes in Lifestyle

Some good, positive adjustments in your lifestyle can immensely contribute to the improvement of overall quality and time of your sleep. Several lifestyle changes that you must consider along with medical treatments are listed below:

  • Before bedtime eating smaller meals that have low quantities of carbohydrates
  • Decreasing the utilization of alcohol and tobacco
  • Restricting the amount of caffeine intake
  • Diminishing the levels of anxiety and stress with the help of work out
  • Developing an effective sleeping schedule and strictly sticking to it

Falling asleep and then waking up every day at a pre-scheduled time can play a huge role in curing your sleeping disorders. It will assist in developing a healthy coordination between your mind and body.