Neuropathic Sleep Disorders

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.

What Are Sleep Disorders?

Sleep disorders are characterized as any medical condition that prevents or hinders healthy sleeping habits. There are over 80 different types of sleep disorders, common disorders include:

Insomnia

Difficulty and inability to fall or stay asleep. This is the most common sleep disorder.

Sleep apnea

A breathing disorder that causes irregular breathing patterns, or long periods without breathing.

Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS)

Numbness and tingling in the legs and a powerful urge to move them.

Hypersomnia

Being unable to stay awake. Narcolepsy is an example, which causes extreme fatigue.

What Causes Sleep Disorders?

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:

  • Preexisting health problems
  • Depression or anxiety
  • Reactions to medication
  • Genetic factors

There could also be non-medical or lifestyle factors that lead to sleep problems including:

  • Caffeine and alcohol use
  • Irregular schedule or staying up late too often
  • Napping or ruminating in bed

What Are the Symptoms of Sleep Disorders?

Symptoms of sleep disorders tend to vary depending on the disorder but may include:

  • Taking more than 30-40 minutes to fall asleep
  • Waking up several times throughout the night
  • Daytime fatigue
  • Irregular breathing patterns during sleep
  • Pain or aching in the arms and legs
  • Extreme difficulty getting out of bed

How Are Sleep Disorders Diagnosed?

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.

Learn more about sleep studies.

How Are Sleep Disorders Treated?

Building a care plan and managing 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. 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.

Learn more about sleep disorder treatments.

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 symptoms.