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Sleep Disorder Treatments

- Summary
- About sleep disorder treatments
- Lifestyle changes
- Questions for your doctor

Reviewed By:
Steven A. King, M.D.

Summary

Sleep disorder treatments help reduce symptoms associated with many types of sleep disorders. Physicians generally prefer to use the least invasive treatment method possible. Simple lifestyle changes alone are often enough to significantly reduce or eliminate sleep disorder symptoms.

In some cases, a physician may recommend additional treatment methods for patients with sleep disorders. These may include:

  • Medications. A variety of medications may be used to treat sleep disorders. They may include over-the-counter or prescription formulations.

  • Relaxation therapies. Various techniques are available that can help patients to experience a greater sense of relaxation (e.g., meditation), which may improve sleep.

  • Psychotherapy and cognitive behavior therapy. These forms of therapy may lessen a patient’s stress and anxiety, and reduce symptoms of sleep disorders.

  • Breathing devices. Patients with sleep apnea may require a form of mechanical breathing aid known as continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP).

  • Surgery. Surgery to remove excess throat tissue may sometimes relieve symptoms associated with sleep apnea.

Lifestyle changes are particularly helpful in treating sleep disorders, especially insomnia. Such changes may include losing weight, engaging in regular exercise and avoiding substances that inhibit or disrupt sleep (e.g., caffeine, alcohol). Establishing a consistent and relaxing bedtime routine can also help alleviate sleep disorder symptoms.

Topics of additional interest may include:
sleep disorders

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Review Date: 01-25-2007
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