More than 10 million Americans of all ages regularly fail to get a good night’s sleep. Because falling asleep and staying asleep plagues more than one-third of the population, sleep disorder medicine has developed into a recognized specialty. Mercy Health - Youngstown offers patients two centers for comprehensive diagnostic care and treatment of sleep disorders.
Common Sleep Disorders
- Insomnia. The inability to fall asleep or remain asleep. This disorder can be caused by a variety of psychological and physiological conditions including apnea, tension or the misuse of sleeping pills.
- Restless leg syndrome. A condition of extreme restlessness or deep crawling sensations in the legs while trying to sleep.
- Nocturnal myoclonus. A disorder in which sleep is interrupted by repeated twitches in the arms and legs.
- Sleep apnea. A condition in which breathing stops many times a night for periods of up to two minutes. Apnea is often characterized by loud snoring, sudden or frequent awakenings and excessive daytime sleepiness. People with this disorder are often unaware they have it.
- Snoring. While this is often more of a nuisance, frequent or loud snoring can be a sign of sleep apnea.
- Narcolepsy. A disorder that causes a person to fall asleep suddenly, often at inappropriate times. Some narcoleptics also experience a sudden loss of muscle tone, causing them to fall.
- Sleep walking. Sequences of complex behaviors that may cause a person to get out of bed and walk about without full consciousness.
If you're having trouble getting to sleep and staying asleep, try these tips:
- Go to bed and get up at the same time every day, even on the weekends.
- Follow relaxing nighttime rituals such as taking a warm bath, reading a book or listening to music or nature tapes.
- Exercise early in the day, every day.
- Avoid alcohol and caffeine at bedtime.
- Do not bring your work into the bedroom. Desks full of unfinished work are not conducive to sleep, and worrying about work at bedtime will not solve any problems.
- Keep your body clock running smoothly by eating, sleeping, napping and exercising at the same time each day when possible.Use sleeping pills very conservatively and never drink alcohol after taking a sleeping pill.
If you're still having trouble, contact us.
Mercy Health – Boardman Sleep Center
7000 South Avenue
Boardman, OH 44512
Mercy Health – Howland Sleep Center
8600 E. Market Street, Suite 5
Warren, OH 44484