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Dr. Joseph Boland
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Difficulty Sleeping (Definition)

Many women complain that they have trouble sleeping when they are pregnant. Try not to eat just before bedtime. Consider taking a warm bath at bedtime to help you relax. As your abdomen gets bigger, you may want to lie on your side with a pillow under your abdomen and a pillow between ...Read more


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Which type of doctors know the most about sleep disorders?

Which type of doctors know the most about sleep disorders?

Sleep disorders: It's a multidisciplinary field involving pulmonologists, neurologists, internists, psychiatrists, psychologists, family practitioners, pediatricians, dentists, and ENT doctors. Any one of them that is trained in sleep medicine should be able to help.

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Can you tell me anything about sleep disorders or parasomnias?

Can you tell me anything about sleep disorders or parasomnias?

Parasomnias: Parasomnias include anything that is an abnormality of sleep and includes nightmares, sleepwalking, sleep terrors, nighttime enuresis and others. I recommend you see a Psychologist or Physician expert in sleep disorders for a good assessment and treatment plan.

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Does anybody know about sleep disorders when first starting new job?

Does anybody know about sleep disorders when first starting new job?

Anxiety: Anxiety causes lots of sleep issues. Mostly it has to do with falling asleep and waking up too early. This can be months or days before new job or "new stress" and can persist if not taken care of with relaxation strategies and stress relief.

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Who knows most about sleep disorders? Psychologists? Pulmonary doctors?

Who knows most about sleep disorders? Psychologists? Pulmonary doctors?

Depends: Doctors who have completed fellowship training in sleep medicine will be the best resource. A clinical psychologist with training in sleep will be able to provide cognative skills in order to help people sleep better. A pulmonologist, neiurologist, internal medicine physician, dentist, etc will be trained in different aspects of dealing with sleep disorders.

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How do doctors learn about sleep disorders? For example how does a gp learn about insomnia, apnea, or plms?

Training or classes: Some doctors learn during their training in med school and others learn by attending meetings or specialized courses. With so much information available now online, some doctors are able to use sources to educate themselves about sleep conditions.

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Where can I find credible information about sleeping disorders?

Where can I find credible information about sleeping disorders?

Aasmnet.org: American academy of sleep medicine. There are links for patient information. This is the main professional web site for sleep physicians.

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Who should I talk to about my sleep disorder?

Who should I talk to about my sleep disorder?

Sleep disorders: Sleep disorders can usually be best assessed and treated by a Psychologist or Physician expert in sleep disorders. Insomnia for example is usually best treated with Cognitive Behavioral Treatment for Insomnia. This tends to be a specialty that is usually treated by a Psychologist. More info from this provider.

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Can you tell me about central sleep apnea disorder in children?

Can you tell me about central sleep apnea disorder in children?

Airway obstruction : Nearly 100% of children with sleep apnea have 1) huge tonsils and adenoids or 2) poorly developed sinuses with mouth breathing or 3) children that snore. Have sleep apnea identified and treated !

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What's good for treating sleep disorders where you sleep but in the wrong stage(s) of sleep?

What's good for treating sleep disorders where you sleep but in the wrong stage(s) of sleep?

Sleep specialist can: Help sort out your sleeping problems, usually after a sleep study to see if you have sleep apnea, or rls, or plmd, or some other cause for the disturbance in your sleep stages. Ask your pcp to recommend a sleep specialist in your area.

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What herbs help sleep disorders?

What herbs help  sleep disorders?

None, or some..maybe: For initial insomnia - research suggests some scents(eg. Chamomile) can aid relaxation, as may teas from chamomile, valerian and kava. There are no manufacturing standards for these substances, so dosages vary and are unreliable. Some people find magnesium helpful for falling asleep or for restless legs. There are no valid herbal remedies for sleep apnea, narcolepsy, parasomnias, etc.

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What are symptoms of sleep disorders?

What are symptoms of sleep disorders?

Sleep disorders: If it takes more than about 30 min. to fall asleep, if you wake up often, can't fall back to sleep, don't get enough sleep, feel tired most of the day, any of these can be signs of a sleep disorder. My primary question is how rested do you feel during the day. The Epworth Sleepiness Scale https://www.slhn.org/docs/pdf/neuro-epworthsleepscale.pdf is a good simple measure. You can contact me also

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What are symptoms of sleep disorders?

What are  symptoms of sleep disorders?

Insomnia/hypersomnia: The 2 most common symptoms of sleep disorders are: 1) insomnia - difficulty initiating and/or maintaining sleep 2) hypersomnia - daytime sleepiness.

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What are the causes of sleep disorders?

What are the causes of sleep disorders?

Many causes: There are many types and presentations of sleep disorders, ranging from inability to sleep (insomnia) to disrupted sleep to too much sleep. Excessive worries, medical problems, activity levels and day-night patterns, sleep apnea (sleep breathing problems) are among the common causes. When there is sustained sleep disturbance, daytime function is affected, resulting in fatigue, memory trouble, etc.

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What kind of sleep disorders are there?

What kind of sleep disorders are there?

Sleep Disorders: There are numerous sleep disorders however the most common are sleep apnea (difficulty breathing at night due to anatomy), insomnia (difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep), restless leg syndrome (creepy crawling sensation in legs prior to falling asleep), circadian rhythm disorders (sleeping at time that is too early or too late based upon your internal clock).

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Do bosses take sleep disorders seriously?

Probably not: But i sure wish they would because it is a real medical problem that effects functioning at school and work! someone with a sleep disorder needs medical help.

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What symptoms do you get with sleep disorders?

What symptoms do you get with sleep disorders?

Varies: It really varies depending on the sleep disorder. In general, symptoms include insomnia, sleepiness, headaches, fatigue, depression and anxiety, agitation, attention and memory problems, hyperactivity, snoring and breathing problems during sleep, waking during the night, sleep walking and sleep eating, nightmares and night terrors and more.

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Dr. Dennis Clifford
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