Sleep deprivation negatively affects our physical, psychological and social well being,” said Murray Arons, M.D., pulmonologist and sleep specialist at Summit Medical Center.
“Of course, you shouldn't assume you have a sleep disorder just because you sleep fewer than eight hours or wake up frequently during the night,” Arons
“Some people need only five or six hours of sleep to feel rested and able to function normally.
It’s also normal to gently wake from sleep every 90 minutes or so without really remembering it the next day.”
The good news is that people who do constantly wrestle with getting a good night’s sleep can get relief.
“Thanks to the advent of sleep centers in many hospitals, diagnosing and treating sleep disorders has become much easier," Arons
At a sleep center, the patient provides lifestyle and medical history information before undergoing a physical examination.
Depending on the nature of the problem, the doctor may recommend additional testing – the most common of which is the polysomnogram, a painless, comprehensive, all-night testing procedure that monitors and records brain and muscle activity, eye movements, breathing patterns, heart beat and oxygen level.
“Once a diagnosis is made, patients are often surprised at how quickly they begin seeing relief,” Arons
“Treatment can be as simple as making a lifestyle change, such as giving up coffee, forgoing an evening nightcap or developing a bedtime routine.
Sometimes adopting relaxation techniques can help, too.”
says other treatment options may include prescription sleep medications or antidepressants.