Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Sleep apnea plus

There are many sleep disorders that one can suffer from such as sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome, bruxism, snoring and circadian rhythm disorders but the most well known one is insomnia which can be broken down into many separate disorders. Insomnia isn’t just the inability to fall asleep it is the lack of quality of sleep that you get. Unfortunately, sleep apnea patients are often burdened with insomnia as well. This condition is known as sleep apnea plus.

When I first read this I wondered how one could go about fixing this problem. If you have sleep apnea then you are probably going to try a cpap or even have surgery. But if you also have insomnia and that isn’t recognized while you are trying to resolve the sleep apnea then they might feel that the cpap or the surgery wasn’t effective. I know that using a cpap mask takes time and effort to get used to, but what if the insomnia is the problem and not the cpap mask. It seems that would lead to a good bit of frustration and confusion.

One of the most effective ways to solve insomnia is changing your sleep behavior or by having cognitive behavioral therapy. I suppose if you have sleep apnea plus then it would probably be a balancing act as to what sleep disorder to fix first. It is definitely something that should be discussed with your sleep doctor.

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