Common treatments for sleep disorders
Who treats sleep disorders?
Board-certified sleep specialists
Our board-certified sleep experts specialize in providing treatment for insomnia, sleep apnea and other sleep-related conditions. They'll work with you to diagnose your issue and get you the sleep help you need.
Pediatric sleep medicine
While some sleep specialists at Novant Health treat adult and pediatric patients, some focus exclusively on helping patients under 18 years of age.
When seeing a sleep specialist, they may find there are overlapping specialties that can help with your treatment plan. For instance, behavioral health issues like anxiety or depression often coincide with sleep problems. Whatever your situation, we are capable of and committed to helping you find the sleep treatment that's right for you.
What’s the purpose of a sleep study?
If your provider is unable to diagnose your sleep disorder based on information you provide, he or she may refer you for a sleep study, or polysomnography. During these studies you will be monitored overnight while you sleep in a private room at one of our nationally accredited sleep centers.
How does this help me?
During the study, specialist will monitor you breathing, some vital signs and sleep behavior, including:
- Blood oxygen levels
- Brain activity
- Breathing efforts
- Eye movements
- Heart rate
- Leg movements
- Muscle tone
- Sleep duration
Your care team can use the data collected by the study to identify what’s disrupting your sleep so they can begin to design a treatment plan that works for you.
Pediatric Sleep Specialists
Novant Health pediatric sleep specialists focus exclusively on treating patients under age 18. When your child is having trouble sleeping, it can affect many aspects of your lives. Our board-certified pediatric sleep specialists are here to understand your issues and provide you with a customized treatment plan to improve your child’s sleep quality.
Your sleep specialist may recommend a sleep study to help diagnose and treat your child. Children 17 and under can participate in sleep studies when an adult caregiver is present.
What to Expect During Your Sleep Study
Before the study, your sleep specialist may ask you to avoid caffeine and certain medications. You will be instructed what to wear and what to bring.
When you arrive at the sleep center, you will be given an overview of the process and answers to any questions you may have. Your sleep study will take place in a private room and begins with small sensors being attached to your head and body to monitor brain activity, eye movements, muscle activity, heart rate and breathing. This process is completely pain-free.
You will be able to get settled in bed and the room will be kept dark and quiet for a sleep-friendly environment. During the night, a sleep technologist will monitor your sleep activity and record data from a separate room. You will be able to communicate with your technologist and use the restroom as needed.
Once your sleep study is complete, you should schedule a follow-up visit with your sleep clinic if you don’t already have an appointment scheduled for within about two weeks from your sleep study. Your sleep specialists will discuss the study results with you at this appointment and recommend treatments based on the findings.
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