Did you know that good quality sleep is as essential to human survival as food and water? Insufficient rest affects nearly every part of the body. If you toss and turn at night or never feel fully rested, you may have a sleep disorder. The staff at Sleep and Wellness Medical Associates in Hamilton, New Jersey, find and treat whatever’s keeping you from a good night’s sleep, so you can wake up feeling refreshed. To schedule your sleep assessment with Sleep and Wellness Medical Associates, call or click today.
A sleep disorder is any change in your regular sleeping pattern. Depending on the frequency and severity, sleep disorders can affect your daily functions: How you socialize, drive, work, and care for yourself and others.
Sleep disorders disrupt the natural sleep-wake cycle, hinder your breathing, or prevent you from falling or staying asleep. Here are the most common sleep disorders:
When you take a long time to fall asleep and only sleep for short periods of time, you may have insomnia. “Night-owls” with insomnia often wake up especially early and rarely feel as though they’ve slept at all.
Restless legs syndrome causes tingling or burning in the legs. Because your legs need to shift and move constantly, you have trouble falling and staying asleep.
Sleep apnea causes frequent pauses in breathing during sleep. The most common form of sleep apnea collapses or blocks the airway, causing you to choke or snort. Because sleep apnea interrupts deep sleep up to 30 times or more an hour, it causes extreme drowsiness the next day.
Throughout your life, the amount of sleep you need changes. Everyone requires specific amounts of two types of sleep: rapid eye movement (REM) sleep and non-REM. Dreaming happens during REM sleep. Non-REM sleep is deep, slow wave sleep.
Without sufficient REM and non-REM sleep, your risk of short-term conditions, including a decreased reaction time and poor concentration, and the following chronic diseases increases:
Your sleep specialist at Sleep and Wellness Medical Associates considers your health history, sleep habits, diagnostic tests, and lifestyle before deciding on the best course of treatment. An on-site overnight sleep study may be required to provide additional information about what’s interfering with your sleep.
The facility offers several treatment options. For example, masks and mouthpieces designed to increase airflow and reduce obstructions are highly effective. Or, Stanley Rauchwerger, DDS, FAGD -- the facility's dedicated dentist -- can create custom dental appliances to improve symptoms for men and women with obstructive sleep apnea.
You don’t have to be one of the 50 to 70 million Americans suffering from chronic sleep disorders to reap the many benefits of a healthy, restful night’s sleep. Call or click to schedule an appointment with Sleep and Wellness Medical Associates today.
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