Sleep Disorders
All About Sleep Disorders
Who is Affected By Sleep Disorders
Who Treats Sleep Disorders
What Happens At A Sleep Lab
Types of Sleep Disorders
Sleep Apnea
What is Sleep Apnea
What Causes Sleep Apnea
Treating Sleep Apnea
Sleep Apnea in Children
What is Insomnia
What Causes Insomnia
Treating Insomnia
Sleep Walking
What is Sleep Walking
What Causes Sleep Walking
Treating Sleep Waking
Hypersomnia: Daytime Sleepiness
What is Hypersomnia
What Causes Hypersomnia
Treating Hypersomnia
Sleep Paralysis
What is Sleep Paralysis
What Causes Sleep Paralysis
Treating Sleep Paralysis
REM Sleep Behavior Disorder
What is REM Sleep
What Causes REM Sleep
Treating REM Sleep
What is Narcolepsy
What Causes Narcolepsy
Treating Narcolepsy
Restless Leg Syndrome
What is Restless Leg Syndrome
What Causes Restless Leg Syndrome
Treating Restless Leg Syndrome
What are Nightmares
What Causes Nightmares
Treating Nightmares
What is Snoring
What Causes Snoring
Treating Snoring
Sleep Deprivation
What is Sleep Deprivation
What Causes Sleep Deprivation
Treating Sleep Deprivation
Circadian Rhythm Sleep Disorders
What are Circadian Rhythm Sleep Disorders
What Causes Circadian Rhythm Sleep Disorders
Treating Circadian Rhythm Sleep Disorders
Dentistry and Sleep Disorders
Dentists’ Role in Managing Sleep Disorders
Dental Treatments for Sleep Disorders
Advantages of Dental Treatments
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All About Sleep Disorders



The vast majority of people will suffer from sleep problems at some point in their lives. In many cases problems sleeping are not serious, long term sleep disorders. Often times stress from work or chaos going on in your personal life can contribute to a loss of sleep, difficulty falling asleep, difficulty staying asleep, or a general sense of sleep deprivation. Regardless of what factors are causing trouble sleeping, it is important to remember that sleep is absolutely crucial to your health and wellness. If you have trouble with sleep for any length of time it would be wise to mention it to your doctor.


Sometimes problems with sleep are caused by more than just simple stress. Sleep disorders like insomnia, sleep apnea, and even snoring consistently can become serious and hazardous to your health. Rather than trying to guess what is causing the problems sleeping, why you have insomnia, or what your sleep apnea may be doing to your overall health, it is very important to see a doctor. Your family doctor may be able to help you begin dealing with your insomnia, sleep apnea, snoring, or other sleep disorder, or s/he may recommend that you see a sleep specialist.


Your doctor may refer you to a sleep disorder specialist who works in a sleep lab. The sleep specialist will be able to run specific diagnostic tests to pinpoint what type of sleep disorder is causing your sleep problems, as well as the treatments available to combat your sleep disorder and help you get a good night's sleep. Your doctor or sleep specialist may also refer you to some other practitioners to help manage the care and treatment of your sleep disorder. You may be sent to a neurologist or a pulmonologist to work with and monitor underlying causes of your sleep disorder. Some sleep disorders cause side effects that need to be managed by specialists as well. It is likely that your doctor or sleep specialist will send you to a dentist who specializes in sleep disorder treatments as well. You can learn more about the link between sleep and dentistry here. 


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