Posts for tag: Sleep Disorders
The amount and quality of sleep we get can have an impact on our health. For example, a lack of sleep can lead to low energy levels throughout the day or difficulty concentrating. The physical effects of sleep loss are often readily understood, while the mental effects are less known. If a lack of sleep is affecting your mental health, the experienced providers at Winchester Neurological Consultants in Winchester VA can help.
An occasional poor night’s sleep can leave you feeling less than your best the next day but is usually nothing to worry about. However, chronic sleep problems can harm your overall mental health. If you regularly experience difficulty sleeping or often feel unrested in the morning, you might have a sleep disorder. Some different types of sleep disorders include:
- Sleep Apnea
- Restless leg syndrome
- Periodic limb movement
The skilled providers at our clinic in Winchester VA can perform diagnostic screening tests to determine if you have a sleep disorder. Once a diagnosis is made, a treatment plan can be developed to help you achieve more restful sleep. For example, individuals diagnosed with sleep apnea experience interrupted sleep due to brief pauses in breathing during the night, often due to the tongue blocking the airway. An oral appliance or a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine can keep the airway open so you can sleep more soundly.
How Sleep Affects Mental Health
Sleep can affect your mental health in a few different ways. Prolonged sleep issues, such as those due to a sleep disorder, could potentially contribute to certain mental health issues. For instance, some research studies have shown that people who struggle with insomnia have a higher risk of developing depression than individuals who do not have a sleep disorder. Additionally, a lack of restful sleep could also lead to increased irritability and difficulty dealing with stress.
A lack of quality sleep can also aggravate existing mental health conditions. For example, individuals who have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety, or other mental health issues might experience a worsening of symptoms when they are not getting enough quality sleep.
In contrast, achieving restful sleep regularly can potentially lead to better mental health. When you are well-rested you are likely to think clearly, concentrate better, have better recall, and enjoy a more positive mood. The knowledgeable providers at Winchester Neurological Consultants can help prevent sleep issues from adversely affecting your mental health by developing a plan to help you achieve better sleep.
Our helpful providers can help you enjoy better physical and mental health by addressing your sleep issues. To schedule an appointment or a virtual Telehealth visit, call Winchester Neurological Consultants in Winchester VA at (540) 667-1828.
Worried your sleep woes may be caused by a sleep disorder?
While most people will deal with sleep problems at some point during their lifetime, there are approximately 70 million Americans suffering from a sleep disorder. A sleep disorder is any condition that affects someone’s ability to have quality sleep. While there are over eighty different kinds of sleep disorders there are some that our Winchester, VA, neurologists see more often than others.
These common sleep disorder include,
- Obstructive sleep apnea
- Restless leg syndrome
Insomnia refers to a person’s inability to get the proper amount of sleep. Insomniacs may have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep. If you have trouble falling asleep three nights per week for over three months then this is considered chronic insomnia, which should be evaluated by one of our physicians.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea
There are many people who have obstructive sleep apnea but never know it. This condition often presents itself as loud, chronic snoring. The patient may also wake up in the middle of the night gasping for air. Sleep apnea is a medical condition that causes a person to stop breathing for several seconds throughout the night. As a result, untreated sleep apnea can lead to serious health problems such as stroke, heart attack, heart failure and high blood pressure.
Restless Leg Syndrome
Just as the name suggests, this neurological disorder results in a tingling, aching or burning sensation in the legs that make a person feel that sudden urge to move. The symptoms may lessen when walking or stretching. Those with RLS may also have trouble falling asleep due to leg restlessness.
People with narcolepsy fall asleep suddenly, often at inopportune or inappropriate times throughout the day. Patients will narcolepsy can be hit with a sudden sleep attack at any time and it may be in response to something emotionally charged. Sleep paralysis and hallucinations may also occur.
When should you see a sleep specialist?
If you are dealing with excessive fatigue and exhaustion throughout the day, if you don’t feel refreshed after a full night’s rest, if you snore loudly or if you feel like you are tossing and turning throughout the night it’s a good idea to see a sleep specialist who can perform a simple sleep study to determine whether you may have a sleep disorder.
Are you having trouble counting sheep in Winchester, VA? If sleep has become elusive and you are dreaming of getting a good night’s rest then call the doctors at Winchester Neurological Consultants to schedule an evaluation. Call (540) 667-1828.