A sleep disorder is a condition which affects the length and/or the quality of a person’s sleep, interfering with their daily life. Typically, the average adult needs 7 to 9 hours of sleep but some people may need less or more. Many things can affect how much sleep we get and how restful the sleep is. Bad habits or medical conditions are just a few examples. When left untreated, sleep disorders can be very dangerous and destructive to a person’s health. There many different kinds of sleep disorders. Some common ones include the following:
Many people suffer from sleeping disorders and those that suffer, often experience more than one disorder.
When diagnosing a patient’s sleep disorders, Dr. Brendan Armm will rely on a combination of a comprehensive review of patient history, family history, evaluation, exam, and assessment. In some cases, Dr. Brendan Armm may also ask to order blood tests.
In Western medicine, sleep disorders are often treated with either over-the-counter or prescription medication. Some of the medications used have habit-forming properties, meaning they’re potentially addictive.
Doctors who are trained in Eastern medicine are able to use a holistic approach to treat sleep disorders. They often use a combination of acupuncture and herbal remedies, neither of which is addictive. Music therapy and hypnosis can also be used and are sometimes effective.
Patients who think they might have a sleep disorder should first look for a board certified, integrative doctor of acupuncture, like Dr. Brendan Armm, who works with a large population of patients that suffer from sleep disorders. This will ensure having several non-habit forming treatment options to try, without putting the patient at risk of developing a chemical addiction to a medication.
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