Sleep Disorder Diagnosis & Treatment
Abnormal sleeping patterns, odd hours, movement during sleep, and waking up feeling exhausted are among the many signs pointing to a sleep disorder. A physician can assess your symptoms and perform tests to determine what type of disorder you have.
How Sleep Disorders Are Diagnosed
The first step in treating a sleep disorder is to perform an initial evaluation. Your sleep physician will evaluate symptoms and create a diagnosis based on the available information. Next, you will be asked to take a test to confirm the diagnosis. During the test, an experienced and trustworthy staff member will closely monitor you. Your physician will collect data and analyze it closely. Eventually, a full diagnosis will be made, at which point you will discuss treatment options. There are certain tests available to diagnose all kinds of sleep disorders. For instance, if your physician suspects you have sleep apnea, they will order a polysomnogram. This test records your physical activities while you sleep to reveal whether or not you have sleep apnea.
How Sleep Disorders Are Treated
The type of treatment you receive depends on the sleep disorder you are diagnosed with. If you have sleep apnea, you will likely be given Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP). In this treatment, a mask is connected to a machine that delivers air to the nostrils. Patients with insomnia will generally be given a prescription medication to take nightly before bed. For people with narcolepsy, a physician will likely prescribe something along the lines of Ritalin or antidepressants depending on the situation. Lastly, for patients with restless leg disorder, there is no definitive cure, but there are measures you can take to reduce symptoms such as avoiding caffeine, alcohol, and nicotine.
Zeeba Sleep Center is an accredited sleep disorder facility in Las Vegas. Call us at (702) 242-1562 today to discuss what you can expect from a sleep study.