I Can't Sleep; Can You Help?

Has sleep become a nightly struggle? You’re not alone. Between 50-70 million Americans suffer from a chronic sleep disorder. If you’re tossing and turning instead of getting the sleep you need, you may wonder if anything can help restore your Z’s. 

Wanting to correct your sleep is the first step on the journey to getting better rest. At Boston SleepCare, Director of Sleep Medicine, James C. O’Brien, MD, leads the sleep team in helping patients in Waltham, Natick, and Concord, Massachusetts, find the sleep they need. 

As one of the region’s most comprehensive and accredited sleep medicine programs, our practice has the expertise and tools to help you safely and effectively claim your nights. We provide comprehensive diagnostic tests to accurately diagnose your sleep trouble so you can sleep comfortably again. 

Take a moment to learn how the team at Boston SleepCare can help restore your sleep!

Why can’t I sleep?

Are you wondering why drifting off to sleep — and staying asleep — feels like a distant memory? The truth is, there are many possible reasons you’re struggling to get good-quality sleep at night. In fact, there are over 100 different sleep disorders!

Sleep disorders are conditions that impact your sleep quality, when you sleep, or how long you stay asleep as well as how well you can function the next day. If you’re not sure whether you have a sleep disorder, compare your symptoms to this list of common signs of disordered sleep:

Sometimes the issue causing your sleep trouble is based on your lifestyle, other times a physical condition is the root cause of sleep disorders. To best address your sleep trouble, it’s imperative to obtain an accurate diagnosis. 

How do I know which sleep disorder I have?

If you suspect you have a sleep disorder, it’s important to talk with a physician who specializes in sleep medicine, like Dr. O’Brien and the team at Boston SleepCare. Your provider evaluates your medical and family history, your sleep history, and performs an exam. He may also recommend additional diagnostics, such as a sleep study. 

A sleep study is a medical test that helps your provider understand what’s causing your symptoms. By collecting important information while you sleep, such as brain waves, oxygen levels, heart rate, breathing rate, and your eye and leg movements, our team can better diagnose your condition.

At Boston SleepCare, our in-house sleep center provides a comfortable, elegant setting to ensure you feel comfortable and safe while you sleep. We provide a comprehensive report as well as a customized, recommended treatment plan based on the data and our observations. 

How are sleep disorders treated?

The right treatment for your sleep trouble depends on the type of sleep disorder you have. For some patients, lifestyle changes such as losing weight, incorporating exercise, and practicing good sleep hygiene may be enough.

In other cases, additional therapies may be utilized to help you reclaim your sleep. These may include:

Some patients also benefit from cognitive or behavioral therapy to address stress, anxiety, mental health concerns related to underlying physical issues, and more. 

If you want to reclaim your sleep, the team at Boston SleepCare can help. Contact the office nearest you in Waltham, Natick, or Concord, Massachusetts, to schedule an appointment!

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