Sleep disorders affect your overall sleep quality and the way you fall asleep. Sleep is vital for optimal health and wellness, as sleep deprivation can drain energy levels, increase your risk of accidents, and contribute to obesity and other chronic diseases.

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If you have insomnia, you probably have a difficult time falling or staying asleep throughout the night.

While everybody is different, common sleep disorder symptoms include:

  • Daytime sleepiness
  • Snoring
  • Morning headaches
  • Irritability
  • Problems paying attention
  • Difficulty falling or staying asleep

Risk factors for sleep disorders include genetics, family history of sleep issues, chronic medical conditions, alcohol, tranquilizers, and sedatives. Chronic stress, being overweight, consuming caffeine before bed, smoking, congestion, and asthma can also negatively affect sleep quality.

What are common sleep disorder treatments?

Your personalized sleep disorder treatment plan might include:

Lifestyle changes

Lifestyle changes that help you get a better night’s sleep include setting a regular bedtime, avoiding caffeine before bed, getting regular exercise, maintaining a healthy weight, and eating nutritious foods. Avoid smoking, drinking, and taking sedatives.

Relaxation techniques

Relaxation techniques before bed can help you fall and stay asleep. Examples include meditation, stretching, listening to music, reading, getting a massage, or taking a hot shower or bath.

Medications and Psychotherapy

While usually a last resort, medications are often an effective sleep disorder treatment. Your Wholesome Psychiatry provider works with you to develop a medication regimen that fits your needs, but they may suggest trying natural dietary supplements, such as melatonin, first.