Sleep Disorder Treatment Options

Building a treatment plan for a sleep disorder starts with uncovering the root cause of sleep problems. For treatment to be effective, care must be administered for the condition causing unhealthy sleep or sleep disorders. At Banner Health we provide our patients with customized care plans, working to not only treat sleep problems but also build a plan for a healthier lifestyle.

Which Sleep Disorders Does Banner Health Treat?

We treat a variety of sleep disorders including:

  • Breathing problems
  • Circadian-rhythm disorders
  • Insomnia
  • Movement disorders
  • Narcolepsy
  • Parasomnias
  • Snoring and sleep apnea

How Are Sleep Disorders Treated?

The type of sleep disorder you have will help determine the right kind of treatment option for you. Treatments may include:

Medical Treatments

The first step in a treatment plan should aim to change sleep habits and address any issues that may be causing sleep problems or conditions. Often times working to eliminate stress, address medical conditions or switch from any medication that causes sleeplessness can restore healthy sleep patterns. If these measures are unsuccessful, working with a doctor for medical sleep disorder treatment is a recommended next step.

Medical treatment for sleep disorders may include:

  • Prescription sleeping pills
  • Melatonin supplements
  • Cold or flu medications
  • CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) breathing devices
  • Non-invasive surgical procedures
  • A dental guard (for clenching or jaw issues)

At times, over-the-counter sleep aids may be used but they can sometimes lead to unwanted side effects. Speak with your doctor before using any over-the-counter medications as they could be harmful to your treatment plan or may cause bad reactions when mixed with prescription medications.

Non-Medical Treatments

There are a number of physical behavioral and psychological methods that can be effective in the treatment of sleep disorders.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for sleep disorders is popular and can be an effective part of a treatment plan. CBT works to help eliminate or manage negative thoughts or actions that are causing sleep issues.

The cognitive aspect of CBT teaches techniques to recognize and change thoughts and beliefs that are causing insomnia. It also addresses the issue of worsening sleep problems by worrying so much about time asleep.

The behavioral aspect of CBT teaches practices that promote positive sleep habits and avoid behaviors or tendencies that cause sleep problems. These may include:

  • Stimulus control therapy
  • Relaxation exercises
  • Periods of sleep restriction
  • Passive sleep
  • Therapeutic breathing

Relaxation Training

Relaxation training teaches participants relaxation response techniques to combat stress and anxiety. The relaxation response is a state of rest that can be elicited through regular practice. These techniques may include:

Focused breathing – A meditative strategy that uses long, slow and deep breaths to gently disengage your mind from stress.

Body scan – This practice works by focusing on relaxing one specific area of the body at a time.

Guided imagery – A meditation state achieved by imagining a vivid and soothing scene, place or experience to help promote relaxation.

Mindful meditation – This method involves sitting very comfortably and focusing on the present moment and not past or future situations.

Yoga or tai chi – These popular practices use a series of poses or movements to distract the body and mind from stress and negativity.

Rather than choosing one of the treatments, the right combination of medication and healthy habits that address your sleep issues or disorder will likely be most effective. Our expert team is here to help you find a treatment plan towards developing healthy sleep patterns.