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Sleep Disorders Diagnosis & Treatment

At Carteret Health Care, we provide effective sleep medicine treatment for the following sleep disorders:

  • Insomnia – Perhaps the most well-known sleep disorder, insomnia is the complete inability to fall or stay asleep. There are several possible causes and numerous variations. Treatment ranges anywhere from medication to cognitive behavioral therapy.
  • Sleep apnea – If you snore abnormally loudly during sleep, there is a high chance that you suffer from sleep apnea. This condition prevents you from getting all the oxygen you need while sleeping and can be very dangerous. Be aware that even if you do not snore you can still suffer from sleep apnea, stopping breathing periodically while sleeping is another symptom.
  • Reversed or shifted circadian rhythm – Circadian rhythm refers to the schedule your body follows for sleeping and waking up. If you regularly stay up late into the night and wake late in the day, your rhythm has likely shifted. This can eventually lead to reverse circadian rhythm, where you stay up all night and sleep all day. Not only is this a major inconvenience, it can also cause severe depression and mental disorders.
  • Restless leg syndrome – A condition in which the legs itchy, warm, or otherwise uncomfortable when trying to sleep. This disorder is most commonly found in women, and can make it impossible to sleep soundly during the night, increasing your risk of heart disease and depression.
  • Narcolepsy – This sleeping disorder is different from most in that it causes excessive feelings of drowsiness. Narcoleptics can fall asleep involuntarily at various times throughout the day. It is thought to be caused by the absence of the chemical hypocretin in the brain. There is no cure for this condition, but it can be managed through medication and behavioral treatments.