Sleep disorders are extremely common among those suffering from neuropathic disorders and trouble with sleep can exacerbate symptoms of the disorder. Developing a plan with sleep disorder care included will be a crucial piece in the treatment of neuropathic disorders. Banner Health has extensive experience treating those suffering all types of sleep disorders and can identify, address and treat sleep disorders as part of a comprehensive neuropathic care plan.
Sleep disorders are characterized as any medical condition that prevents or hinders healthy sleeping habits. Though there are over 80 different types of sleep disorders, common sleep disorders include:
Difficulty and inability to fall or stay asleep. This is the most common sleep disorder.
A breathing disorder that causes irregular breathing patterns, or long periods without breathing.
Numbness and tingling in the legs and a powerful urge to move them.
Being unable to stay awake. Narcolepsy is an example, which causes extreme fatigue.
The root cause of a sleep disorder can come from a number of physical and mental factors. Neuropathic conditions can cause and be the result of complications stemming from the condition. There are a number of other factors that can lead to unhealthy sleep patterns, including:
There could also be non-medical or lifestyle factors that lead to sleep problems including:
Symptoms of sleep disorders tend to vary depending on the disorder but may include:
Diagnosis should begin with a thorough physician’s exam. Your doctor will pay special attention to neurological and breathing factors, or the history of these factors. Sleep disorders often lead to problems with fatigue. This can lead to issues with balance and thinking, which physicians often use in diagnosis. Polysomnography, a sleep study, can also be performed. If a particular sleep disorder is suspected doctors may perform blood or imaging test for confirmation.
Building a care plan and managing and treating sleep disorders will depend on the type of disorder and any other varying factors. Sleep medication may be prescribed but only for short periods of time, until better habits are established. Natural products like melatonin may also be recommended to treat sleep disorders. Research shows that the most effective sleep disorder treatment is practicing better sleeping habits and making positive lifestyle changes, like a healthy diet and exercise.
Sleep disorders can cause serious physical and mental issues, but Banner Health is here to help you to build a long-term healthy sleep treatment plan, tailored to your specific needs.