Ways to cure insomnia explained by Willoughby Hills, OH dentist highly qualified in dental sleep medicine
Feeling sleepy during the day, losing interest in doing the things you love, unable to focus at work… if you are suffering from insomnia, you probably experience some or all these negative effects, and more. At Snoring and CPAP Solutions in Willoughby Hills, OH, Dr. Michael Stern is devoted to helping patients stop tossing and turning and start sleeping better with effective sleeping solutions. Below, Dr. Stern explains the types of insomnia and effective ways to cure it.
Types of insomnia
Insomnia is incredibly common and affects most people at some point in their life. Chronic insomnia and sleep deprivation can cause a series of negative effects on your life and on your overall health, so it is important to identify its underlying cause and treat it if you find yourself unable to get a good night’s sleep. There are several different types of insomnia:
- Acute insomnia is typically caused by a life event, such as a big job change, the death of a loved one, or even smaller events such as travelling or a stressful period at work
- Chronic insomnia is characterized by a long-term pattern of insufficient sleep (typically for three or more nights per week over the course of at least three months)
- Onset insomnia occurs when you can’t fall asleep at the beginning of the night
- Maintenance insomnia occurs when you can fall asleep, but have trouble staying asleep and wake frequently throughout the night
- Comorbid insomnia occurs in tandem with another health condition, such as anxiety, arthritis pain, or depression
Ways to cure insomnia
The best cure for insomnia depends on what type of insomnia you have and what is causing it. For example, acute insomnia generally goes away once the life stressor causing your insomnia has subsided and managing medical conditions that are associated with insomnia can help you sleep better if you have comorbid insomnia.
For patients who suffer from maintenance insomnia (waking frequently throughout the night), Dr. Stern recommends that you undergo an evaluation to determine whether an underlying disorder such as sleep apnea might be at play. Sleep apnea occurs when your airway becomes obstructed while you sleep, which temporarily deprives your brain and body of vital oxygen and causes you to frequently wake – sometimes up to hundreds of times per night! At Snoring and CPAP Solutions, we offer oral appliance therapy to treat sleep apnea to patients for whom it is appropriate. This type of sleep apnea therapy is convenient, comfortable, and quiet, and simply involves wearing a custom mouthguard-like device while you sleep.
If you suspect you have an underlying issue that is causing you to toss and turn at night, call Snoring and CPAP Solutions in Willoughby Hills today! (440) 833-6008
Snoring and CPAP Solutions LLC
Snoring and CPAP Solutions LLC is committed to helping patients with sleep disorders such as snoring and sleep apnea that interferes with their day to day life. Dr. Stern is a Qualified member of The American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine and holds more than 2 decades of experience in the field.
Dr. Michael Stern