Posts for: June, 2017
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 Prevention, 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)
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.
Learn more about how CPAP works to manage your sleep apnea symptoms and help you sleep better.
Do you suffer from obstructive sleep apnea? Have you been diagnosed by one of our Portland, OR, sleep medicine specialists Dr. Gerald Rich, Dr. Radhika Breaden or Dr. Gregory Clark? If so, then you may be wondering how to manage your condition to reduce symptoms and to get a better night’s sleep. In most cases, CPAP therapy can help.
What is CPAP therapy?
CPAP, which stands for continuous positive airway pressure, is a machine that directs continuous airflow and pressure into the throat to prevent the airways from collapsing. CPAP offers different mask styles and sizes to cater to people’s individual needs. Our Portland, OR, sleep doctor can help you choose the facemask that will provide you with the results you need to sleep better.
How does it work?
Once we have conducted a sleep study to determine that you have obstructive sleep apnea, the next step is to make sure that CPAP is the best treatment option. It does tend to be the most common treatment used for relieving sleep apnea symptoms.
In most cases, patients will need to come back in for a follow-up to ensure that the CPAP machine is providing them with the proper treatment they need. It’s also important for us to calibrate the machine’s air pressure to make sure that your airways are remaining open while you sleep.
Once we have provided you with CPAP equipment, it’s important that you use it every night. Even if you feel great and aren’t experiencing symptoms such as daytime exhaustion this doesn’t mean you should stop using it. There is no cure for sleep apnea, but CPAP can help eliminate loud snoring and prevent obstructions in breathing. Plus, it can reduce your risk of developing other health issues such as heart disease and high blood pressure, which are conditions often linked to those with untreated sleep apnea.
Pacific Sleep Program in Portland, OR, is ready to help you get your sleep apnea under control. Whether you’ve already been diagnosed or you are experiencing symptoms of sleep apnea, give us a call today to schedule an appointment with us and find out how we can help.