Are you having trouble falling asleep or staying asleep? OR having excessive sleep Sleep disorders are conditions that result in changes in the way that you sleep. Some of the signs and symptoms of sleep disorders include excessive daytime sleepiness, irregular breathing or increased movement during sleep (sleep apnea). Other signs and symptoms include an irregular sleep and wake cycle and difficulty falling asleep (Insomnia). The dangerous part in addition to the actual sleep loss is the dysfunction it causes during the waking hour when we are operating motor vehicles, work-associated machinery, and so forth.
When you’re desperate for sleep, it can be tempting to reach for a sleeping pill or an over-the-counter sleep aid. But sleep medication won’t cure the problem or address the underlying symptoms—in fact, it can often make sleep problems worse in the long term.
We can help improve your sleep through cognitive behavior therapy by changing your behavior before bedtime as well as changing the ways of thinking that keep you from falling asleep. It also focuses on improving relaxation skills and changing lifestyle habits that impact your sleeping patterns. Since sleep disorders can be both caused by and trigger emotional health problems such as anxiety, stress, and depression, therapy is an effective way of treating the underlying problem rather than just the symptoms, helping you develop healthy sleeping patterns for life.