Most everyone has trouble sleeping at some point in their lives. The anticipation of an important appointment can keep you from being able to nod off the night before, and an argument with a loved one or financial stress can cause you to toss and turn all night.

While these situations may correct themselves, they could also indicate an underlying sleep disorder. At CCOM Medical Group, our doctors are here to help, providing the medical care you need to diagnose and treat these kinds of conditions.  

Symptoms and Causes of Sleep Disorders

Healthline reports that sleep disorders are an increasingly common problem throughout the country. They impact roughly 75 percent of people between the ages of 20 and 59, and sleep disturbances are even more likely to occur as we age. Symptoms often include difficulty falling asleep at night, and feeling excessively tired or falling asleep frequently during the day, and can result in increased irritability and feelings of depression.

Sleep disorders can often be traced to stress, demanding schedules, or changes in your regular routine, but there can be underlying medical causes. Conditions that can make sleep disorders more likely to occur include:

  • Allergies
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Chronic pain conditions, such as headaches, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), arthritis, and fibromyalgia
  • Heart Disease
  • Mental Stress
  • Respiratory problems
  • Smoking
  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Stroke
  • Urinary issues

Treatment for Sleep Disorders

Medscape advises that due to the variety of underlying medical conditions that can cause sleep disorders, medical monitoring and follow up care with your doctor is often an important part of treatment. Participation in a sleep study can shed light on problems in sleep patterns, and medications can be used to provide temporary relief.

Good sleep hygiene also plays a key role in treating sleep disorders, and patients should follow these tips at home:

  • Avoid caffeine, spicy foods, or any stimulating activities late in the day;
  • Avoid taking naps, and go to bed and get up at the same time;
  • Use your bedroom only for sleeping or sex;
  • Increase the amount of exercise you get during the day;
  • If you find yourself struggling to fall asleep, do not watch the clock. Instead, get up and read or do some other relaxing activity until you are tired.

We Are Here To Help

If you are suffering sleep disturbances on a regular basis, CCOM Medical Group is here to provide the medical care you need.  Contact our Muskogee sleep study center and request an appointment today, (918) 683-0753.