Getting a regular good night’s rest can be challenging if you suffer from sleep disorders. Luckily, there are numerous tests and treatment plans available to help you cope with the symptoms. At Respacare, we administer these tests to our patients in Somerset and Hunterdon Counties, New Jersey, and diagnose them for treatment that provides the peaceful rest they need.
Types of Sleep Disorders
Not all sleep disorders are created equal. Some are temporary, like jet lag, while others are external, like the sound of your partner snoring. Some cause chronic sleep interruptions, such as insomnia and apnea. Before seeking treatment, consider if you experience symptoms of the following sleep disorders:
If you wake up exhausted even after sleeping through the night, you could have sleep apnea. This disorder causes multiple pauses in your breathing or moments of choking, gasping or snoring while you sleep. The condition is quite disruptive as it can prevent you from completing a REM cycle, which can cause learning issues and memory loss. Some other symptoms of apnea include headaches in the morning, a dry mouth or throat after waking up, and a decreased libido.
Insomnia occurs when a person is unable to sleep for extended periods. It is typically caused by a problem you have with either the wake or sleep cycle of your brain. This disorder is produced by unhealthy sleep habits or numerous medical conditions, including:
- Chronic pain
- Gastrointestinal issues
- Nasal/sinus allergies
- Neurological conditions like Parkinson’s disease
- Psychiatric problems like anxiety and depression
You may have a daytime sleep disorder, like narcolepsy. While suddenly falling asleep is the most known symptom of narcolepsy, sufferers can also experience excessive exhaustion and periods of restless sleep.
Sleep Disorder Tests
Regardless of your symptoms, Respacare will help you achieve healthier and steadier sleep patterns with various sleep disorder tests. Using numerous tools, we conduct the test and then form a diagnosis to decide on a treatment that makes the most sense. Each test is advantageous for different disorders. For example, home sleeping tests identify apnea and insomnia. We perform the following assessments to detect disorders:
- Home sleep testing: This measures sleep duration, respiratory function, and other parameters from the comfort and convenience of your own bed.
- Job-related sleep testing: This assesses the sleeping health of people who work night shifts, like pilots, medical professionals, and commercial truck drivers.
- Maintenance of wakefulness test: This gauges how alert a person is throughout the day to identify any problems associated with daytime sleepiness.
- Multiple sleep latency tests: These evaluate cases of excessive daytime sleepiness.
Sleep Disorder Treatments
Once the testing is complete and the collected data is analyzed, you may be given treatment for your sleep disorder that matches the diagnosis. For instance, if the Respacare doctors determine you have sleep apnea, you could be referred to our CPAP clinic, where a registered, on-site sleep technologist will monitor your progress over time and educate you on the disorder. You may also receive a dental device or a BPAP or a CPAP machine to manage your sleep disorders.
Depending on your situation, your doctor may suggest one treatment or a multi-faceted treatment plan. No matter what treatment you are offered, the goal is always the same: to have you sleeping well as soon as possible.
Start Getting Better Sleep with Respacare
Whether you’re battling chronic insomnia or losing sleep from jumpy legs, the doctors at Respacare are here to help. Our board-certified physicians have tested for sleep disorders in patients from Somerset and Hunterdon Counties, NJ, to improve their quality of sleep and life. Regain the rest you deserve by scheduling an appointment today.