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Sleep Disorders

Sleep disorders, such as insomnia and sleep apnea, affect at least 40 million people in the United States. If you’re experiencing interrupted sleep regularly, a sleep disorder might be to blame. Contact Thriving Center of Psychology in Midtown, New York, NY, SoHo, NY, Los Angeles, CA, or Miami, FL, to schedule a sleep disorder evaluation. You can schedule a session by calling the offices or going to the website.

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Sleep Disorders Q & A

What are sleep disorders?

A sleep disorder can refer to one of many diagnosable conditions that affect your sleep quality. Chronic and short-lived sleep disorders include:

  • Snoring
  • Sleep apnea
  • Restless legs syndrome
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
  • Jet lag
  • Insomnia
  • Parasomnia
  • Circadian rhythm disorder
  • Narcolepsy
  • Sleep paralysis

Occasionally, there’s a connection between sleep disorders and diet. For example, consuming high amounts of caffeine or drinking coffee late in the day can cause difficulties falling or staying asleep.

When should I seek medical attention for sleep disorders?

Your body needs sleep to produce hormones, metabolize nutrients, and recharge for the next day. Poor sleep can bring down your mood and negatively affect your work functioning and personal relationships. Also, having sleep problems can put you at greater risk for cardiovascular disease and other chronic conditions. 

Proper sleep hygiene is crucial to physical and mental well-being, but a sleep disorder can diminish your quality of life. Consider scheduling an assessment at Thriving Center of Psychology if you:

  • Experience fatigue or grogginess throughout the day
  • Have difficulty concentrating or focusing at school or work
  • Have a hard time falling or staying asleep at night
  • Doze off while driving or sitting straight up
  • Work night shifts, which makes getting adequate sleep difficult

You shouldn’t have to deal with your sleep problems alone. Thriving Center of Psychology can help you determine if you have a sleep disorder and develop a treatment plan if that’s the case. 

How are sleep disorders treated?

Once you get a sleep disorder diagnosis at Thriving Center of Psychology, your provider will discuss your symptoms with you and offer treatment options. Your sleep disorder treatment plan may include:

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • Setting a sleep schedule for the entire week
  • Using a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine
  • Smoking cessation
  • Meditation exercises
  • Reducing or eliminating caffeine or other stimulants

Some clients might ask about medications to treat their sleep disorder. Although medicinal treatment might be necessary for some instances, Thriving Center of Psychology focuses on personalized plans and innovative sleep solutions that serve as healthy alternatives to prescription drugs. 

Don’t let a sleep disorder disrupt your life. Instead, get in touch with Thriving Center of Psychology to get relief. Book your evaluation online or schedule one over the phone. You even have the option of an online video TeleTherapy session.