Getting a good night’s sleep is a critical component of good health, but sleep disorders can get in the way of your rest. At eRiver Neurology of NY, LLC, serving the communities of Poughkeepsie, Fishkill, Hudson, and Rhinebeck, New York, the team of neurologists can help you determine the cause of poor sleep and find a path toward relief. Book your appointment today by using the easy online scheduling tool, or call the office to check appointment availability.
A sleep disorder is a condition that impacts your ability to get a full night’s rest. Some sleep disorders, like certain forms of sleep apnea, are caused by anatomical issues. Others are brought on by neurological problems, and can be more difficult to diagnose and treat.
This form of sleep apnea develops when the muscles in your throat relax during sleep, partially blocking your airway. Every time this happens, your brain signals you to gasp for breath, which wakes you up just enough to start breathing again. You might not even remember it occurring, but every time it does, it disrupts your sleep patterns.
A chronic sleep disorder, narcolepsy is characterized by sudden loss of muscle tone. People with narcolepsy often fall asleep suddenly at any time of day. Attacks can be triggered by strong emotions.
Parasomnia is a term used to describe a number of unusual sleep behaviors. Symptoms include mental confusion at bedtime, sleepwalking, unusual perspiration, or rapid heartbeat.
This common sleep disorder makes it hard to fall asleep and stay asleep. People with insomnia often feel very fatigued during the day, and they can also suffer cognitive issues linked to the lack of quality rest.
These are just some of the issues that can stand in the way of getting the rest you need. The team at eRiver Neurology of NY, LLC can determine the source of your sleep disruptions and put you on the path toward relief.
The first step in the diagnostic process is a discussion of your symptoms as well as your personal and family health histories. A physical exam follows, allowing your specialist to look for potential causal factors. You may be asked to keep a sleep journal to document your experiences over a period of time.
Bloodwork can also provide insight into issues that can impact sleep. A sleep study is an overnight visit that allows the team to track your sleep patterns, which can help identify the type of sleep disorder you’re dealing with.
Once your specialist learns more about the cause of your sleep disorder, a customized treatment plan addresses your specific needs. Some treatment options include:
In many cases, lifestyle modifications can do wonders to improve your sleep. Altering your sleep environment can also be a great option.
If you have questions about sleep disorders, call the office to schedule an appointment, or try the easy online scheduling tool.
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