Sleep Medicine in Friendship, MD
People from all walks of life can have difficulty sleeping. Whether they're dealing with a serious medical condition or just can't seem to fall asleep at night, sleep medicine is designed to address these problems. Sleep medicine providers focus on helping patients achieve healthy sleep.
Request more information about sleep medicine today: call (410) 266-3613 or contact Dr. Alan Stuart Weiss online.
What is Sleep Medicine?
Sleep medicine refers to the treatment of sleep disorders. There are many different types of sleep disorders, but they all have one thing in common: they tend to lead to lack of sleep, poor sleep quality or irregular sleep patterns.
Some of the most common sleep disorders and sleep problems include:
- Sleep apnea
- Restless leg syndrome (RLS)
- REM sleep disorder
- Jet lag
- Sleep talking
- Periodic limb movement disorder (PLMD)
- Circadian rhythm disorders / shift work sleep disorder
- Night terrors
- Sleep deprivation
The conditions above are just a small portion of the problems that a sleep medicine doctor or provider treats. Sleep medicine treatment may also involve addressing other medical problems that can lead to poor sleep quality, including depression , anxiety or alcohol abuse.
How does Sleep Medicine Work?
Just as there are many sleep medicine disorders, there are numerous sleep disorder treatments. Most sleep medicine treatments begin with a sleep test. This is a diagnostic test to determine what is causes poor sleep quality or lack of sleep. During a sleep test, the patient is monitored with various devices to test for sleep-related issues.
If a sleep test detects a sleep disorder, treatment can begin. Sleep medicine can include everything from lifestyle changes to medication to assistive devices and beyond. Some common sleep medicine treatments include:
- Lifestyle adjustments, such as increased exercise, decreased caffeine or sleep scheduling
- Assistive devices, such as CPAP
- Sleep medication
- Long-term monitoring
- Sleep counseling
The type of sleep medicine treatment will vary depending on which condition is present. Sleep disorders left untreated can lead to a number of sleep-deprivation related health problems including:
Request Sleep Medicine Information
Sleep medicine is designed to promote healthy sleep and combat sleep disorders. Request more information about sleep medicine treatment today: call (410) 266-3613 or contact Dr. Alan Stuart Weiss online.
Annapolis Integrative Medicine
Address1819 Bay Ridge Ave
Annapolis, MD 21403