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By Pacific Sleep Program
June 14, 2017
Category: Services
Tags: sleep problems  

If you're having trouble sleeping, you may be surprised to learn that you're not alone. According to the Center for Disease Control and sleep problemsPrevention, approximately 50-70 million American adults have sleep troubles for various reasons and the CDC has even labeled this a “public health problem.” Explore the various reasons why you may find it hard to fall asleep and how it can be resolved with the help of sleep medicine from the doctors at Pacific Sleep Program in Portland and Astoria, OR.

Are You Finding It Difficult to Sleep?
Some people sit up all night unable to nod off at all while others are completely unaware that they're not getting proper sleep. Here are a few signs that you're experiencing a sleep problem:

- You’re tired when you wake up, even after a long stretch of sleeping
- You’re unable to concentrate on your work or school assignments during the day
- You frequently nod off during waking hours
- Loud persistent snoring

Common Sleep Problems and Causes
You need sleep to function normally throughout your day. Many sleep-deprived patients would experience a significant increase in productivity if they addressed the core of the problem. If you are diagnosed with a sleep problem, these are some of the most common causes:

- Sleep apnea (an obstruction of the air passageways when sleeping that causes snoring)
- Narcolepsy (a neurological problem)
- Restless legs syndrome (tingling or itching in the legs that makes it hard to stay still in bed)
- UARS (Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome)
- Too much stress and worrying
- Lifestyle and diet (eating too late at night or consuming too much caffeine)

Sleep Treatments 
Revolutionary treatments are available at Pacific Sleep Program in Portland and Astoria that can help you get the sleep your body needs every night. Here are a few solutions to explore with your doctor:

- Sleep position therapy
- Nasal devices or surgeries
- Dental devices for sleep apnea
- Medication to help you get proper rest at night

Explore Sleep Solutions
If you are having a problem getting a good night’s rest, find out more about sleep medicine at Pacific Sleep Program in Portland and Astoria, OR. Call (503) 325-3126 today to schedule an appointment at the Astoria office or (503) 228-4414 for the Portland office.

By Pacific Sleep Program
December 24, 2015
Category: Services
Tags: Insomnia  

Lack of sleep affects every aspect of your life, from your performance at work to your relationships with family members. Sometimes it seems as if the harder you try to fall asleep, the more difficult it is to achieve your goal. Gerald B. Rich, MD, PC, the founder of Pacific Sleep Program, along with doctors Radhika Breaden, Gregory Clark and Andrea Matsumura, are here to share a few tips for Astoria Sleep Apnearesidents who suffer from insomnia.

Create the perfect environment

Bright lights, noise, and rooms that are either too hot or too cold can interfere with your ability to fall asleep or remain asleep. Although some people claim that they can sleep anywhere, most of us benefit from sleeping in a dark, quiet room. It's hard to sleep if you aren't comfortable. Replace worn mattresses and wear your softest pajamas or clothing to bed.

Skip the caffeine

Since caffeine is a stimulant, it's not surprising that it interferes with your ability to fall asleep or sleep deeply. The effects of caffeine can last for hours, which means that the cup of coffee you drank at 4 p.m. may make it hard to fall asleep at 10 p.m. Drink coffee, tea, colas and other beverages containing caffeine early in the day. Switch to herbal tea or other non-caffeinated drinks in the afternoon or evening.

Establish a routine

You may be able to eliminate insomnia by sticking to the same sleep routine every day of the week. Resist the urge to sleep in on Saturday, as varying sleep schedules can confuse your body. Make exercise a part of your daily routine. Exercise helps reduce stress and tension and can help you sleep better. Although exercise can be helpful, don't work out several hours before you plan to go to bed, as exercise can initially make you feel more energetic.

Call the experts in Astoria

If nothing you try relieves your insomnia, make an appointment with a sleep disorders doctor. These physicians specialize in a variety of sleep problems and can help you get more rest.

Is insomnia controlling your life? Call Astoria doctors Gerald B. Rich, MD, PC, and his colleagues Drs. Radhika Breaden, Gregory Clark and Andrea Matsumura, at (503) 325-3126 today. A better night's sleep awaits you!