Why Can't I Sleep and What Can Help?

Why Can't I Sleep and What Can Help?

Did you know that about 70 million adults in the US struggle with a chronic sleep disorder? If you’re among the waking millions, it’s easy to lie awake wondering why you can’t sleep and whether there’s anything you can do about it.  

At Boston SleepCare in Waltham, Natick, and Concord, Massachusetts, our Director of Sleep Medicine, James C. O’Brien, MD, and the experienced sleep medicine team help diagnose and treat many types of sleep disorders. Here’s a look at some of the most common reasons people can’t sleep and what we can do to help. 

Understanding sleep disorders

Sleep disorders can affect different aspects of your sleep. Any one of the more than one hundred disorders can impact your ability to fall asleep, stay asleep, or the quality of your sleep. 

The effects of chronically disordered sleep also vary depending on which disorder affects you. They can range from moderately frustrating to life-threatening, so it’s essential to seek help if you’re worried about your sleep. 

Although different sleep disorders have different symptoms, they share some common signs, including:

Just as the symptoms of sleep disorders vary, so do the causes. Lifestyle factors, like the foods you eat, the way you cope with stress, and your bedtime habits, can play a large role in your sleep health. For some people, a physical condition or underlying health concern triggers a sleep disorder. 

Because sleep disorders may share symptoms with other conditions, it’s best to see a sleep specialist for an accurate diagnosis and effective treatment.  

Diagnosing sleep disorders

When you come to Boston SleepCare for help diagnosing your sleep troubles, you’re in good hands. Our practice is accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and our providers undergo specialized training so you get the best care possible. 

Depending on your family and medical history, sleep history, and the results of your physical exam, your sleep medicine provider may recommend additional diagnostic testing to uncover the cause of your disordered sleep. 

One of the tools we use when diagnosing sleep disorders is a sleep study. This medical test provides valuable information about what’s going on in your body and brain while you sleep, including:

This data helps us understand what’s happening when you sleep so we can recommend the best treatments for your needs. Our in-house sleep center helps you feel relaxed and secure so you can rest easy.  

Help for sleep disorders

At Boston SleepCare, we focus on creating individualized treatment plans according to the type of sleep disorder you’re experiencing and the symptoms it causes. Treatments often include making healthy lifestyle changes, like changing your diet, losing weight, exercising more, and prioritizing good sleep hygiene. Some people find that with changes, they’re able to sleep well. 

When lifestyle changes aren’t enough, your sleep medicine provider may recommend additional treatments, such as:

Again, if you’re struggling to sleep, don’t wait to schedule an appointment with a sleep medicine specialist. Without enough quality sleep, your body isn’t able to recharge and flush out toxins that build in your brain. That can impact your mental alertness, decision-making abilities, and ability to think clearly. 

Ready to learn more about sleep disorders and how we can help you get the rest you need? Contact the sleep experts at Boston SleepCare in Waltham, Natick, or Concord, Massachusetts, and schedule a consultation today. Call the office or book an appointment online.

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