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Sleep Disorders

Sleep disorders are extremely common. More than 30 million people in the United States are believed to have some type of sleep disorder. Proper sleep is necessary for optimal health, relationships and work.

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I have treated patients with all types of Sleep Disorders for many years. There are a number of therapeutic approaches to Sleep Disorders such as insomnia, that have been to shown to be effective. As an expert in treating Sleep Disorders, I know I can help you or your loved one. Please contact me today via telephone on (617) 932-1548 or email ForPatients@DrDavidBrendel.com.

Significant and extended periods of sleep deficits can contribute to ill health and problems in relationships and work.

Types of Sleep Disorders

There are dozens of different types of sleep disorders. Many can be mild. Patients usually visit doctors when their sleep disorder becomes moderate to severe and has an impact on their health, relationships or work. One category of sleep disorders is dyssomnias, which includes insomnia, hypersomnia, narcolepsy, sleep apnea, snoring, restless leg syndrome and other sleep disorders.

Insomnia is among the most prevalent sleep disorders and is defined by persistent and significant difficulty in falling asleep or staying asleep. Insomnia can be caused, at least in part, by psychiatric illnesses such as depression or anxiety. Primary insomnia can also contribute to, or exacerbate, psychiatric illnesses, including depression and anxiety. Treating insomnia can often be an important component of a comprehensive plan for people suffering from other mental illnesses. In my practice, I often design treatment plans for insomnia to help patients dealing with depression, anxiety or bipolar disorder.

Another category of insomnia is parasomnias. This category of sleep disorders includes abnormal and unnatural movements, behaviors, emotions and dreams. Examples include sleep walking, sleep talking, and REM sleep behavior disorder.

Treatments for Sleep Disorders

Treatments for sleep disorders can vary widely depending on the type of sleep disorder and its underlying cause. If a patient is experiencing insomnia in connection with her depression or anxiety, it is important to treat the underlying condition as well as the insomnia. For insomnia, doctors have a range of medicines available that can be effective, particularly if coupled with environmental and behavioral changes.

If you or a person you care about is suffering from a sleep disorder, particularly one that may be caused by or contributing to mental health illnesses, please contact me.