Have you been having trouble sleeping lately? Do you feel tired and cranky during the day, even if you have had a good night’s sleep? If so, it might be time to see a sleep specialist. Many things can cause insomnia or other problems with your sleeping habits. Sleep specialists can help diagnose what is going on and provide treatment recommendations for your particular case. This blog post will cover when to see a sleep specialist and where to find them!
What are sleep specialists?
Sleep specialists or somnologist are trained professionals that specialize in sleep. They diagnose people who have insomnia or other problems with their sleeping habits and provide treatment recommendations based on the symptoms and severity. Sleep specialists provide education about normal and abnormal sleeping patterns as well as how to improve those patterns.
There are many qualified specialists who can help with your needs—it just takes some time to find one! A general practitioner might not have experience diagnosing complex cases, so it is essential to research what kind of specialist you need before committing to anything.
What is the difference between a physician and a sleep specialist?
A doctor can help you with your condition if it has been diagnosed by another medical professional such as an allergist or cardiologist. However, they do not usually focus solely on sleep disorders. A physician may prescribe medication for specific problems which will work differently than what would be prescribed by a qualified sleep specialist.
Types of Sleep Specialists
Sleep specialists are trained to diagnose sleep disorders and provide appropriate treatment. There are many different types of professionals that fall under this umbrella, including:
- Psychiatrists and Psychologists
- Pulmonologists (lung doctors)
- Dentists and oral and maxillofacial surgeons
- Internists (general practitioners) and family physicians.
The type of specialist you see depends on the symptoms or diagnosis for which you’re seeking care. Sleep specialists often have academic training in neurology or psychiatry as well as expertise in fields such as cardiology to accommodate a broader range of patients with complex diagnoses.
Common Symptoms of Sleep Disorders
- Sleep Apnea
- Night Terrors
- Bruxism/Teeth Grinding
- Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS)
- Anxiety Disorders and Depression
- Complex Sleep Disorder
These are but a few sleep disorders that doctors can treat with varying degrees of success, depending on your needs. Some people will need to be treated through medication. In contrast, others might require surgery or other kinds of treatments such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I). It is important to note that any severe mental health disorder may also result in insomnia, so please consult your doctor if you have not done so already!
How to tell if you have a sleep disorder?
If you are not sure whether or not you have a sleep disorder, there is an easy way to find out. Doctors will ask about your sleeping habits and schedule, how often you snore or otherwise experience apnea-like symptoms during the day, what time of night it takes for you to fall asleep and stay asleep throughout the night (sleep latency) if any elements of your environment tend to interrupt your sleep such as bright lights or TV screens in the bedroom, how long it takes for you to wake up after falling asleep (wake after sleep onset) and more.
What happens when you don’t get enough sleep?
Not getting enough sleep can cause several side effects, including but not limited to:
- Trouble concentrating
- Anxiety and depression
- Weight gain decreased energy level.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms or think that something is wrong with your sleeping habits, I highly recommend seeing a specialist as soon as possible! The sooner, the better when it comes to treating sleep disorders effectively. There’s no need for sleepless nights—contact a specialist today! Your doctor will also have information about how best to find one in your area if you don’t know where to start looking.
What are the causes of sleep disorders?
Many people have trouble sleeping, and they often blame themselves. However, many times there is a medical problem that could be causing the lack of restful sleep. There are so many different sleep-related disorders like insomnia or narcolepsy, which can cause issues with vigilance at work, school, and even in social settings.
There are many causes of sleep disorders, some of which are chronic and require treatment. In order to find out what the problem may be, you should see a physician or other qualified professional for an evaluation. The most common causes include:
– Medical Conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, asthma, or COPD, among others, can affect your breathing during sleep. These conditions may worsen with age and lead to snoring and apnea symptoms that disrupt sleep patterns no matter how long you rest at night; this is known as “Obstructive Sleep Apnea.” These conditions must be diagnosed early so they can be appropriately treated because untreated obstructions in the throat can damage tissues around them over time, including vital nerves leading to serious health risks like stroke or heart disease.
– Intermittent breathing patterns are possible in people with respiratory diseases such as asthma or COPD because they may have trouble exhaling air fully during their breath; this impedes the flow of oxygen to vital organs like the brain and heart, leading to symptoms like daytime fatigue, dizziness upon standing up quickly after sitting for long periods, shortness of breath when exercising at any intensity level, chest pains even when you’re not exerting yourself too much (descending flight stairs), and coughing spells that make it hard to catch your breath.
– Irregular sleeping habits or insomnia can be caused by several factors, including stress, anxiety, depression, and pain from an injury, among others that disrupt your natural sleep cycle. They may also experience altered sleep patterns and headaches, which are all symptoms of the condition that can be treated effectively when diagnosed early by a trained professional.
– Painful conditions like arthritis or fibromyalgia, among others, can cause pain in different parts of your body at night because they’re aggravated during periods without movement for long periods of time; this causes you to wake up multiple times throughout the night unable to stay asleep for more than an hour at a time which leads to chronic fatigue even after getting plenty of rest over the course of 24 hours.
It’s always best to see someone who specializes in treating this sort of condition because their treatment plan might be different than what your regular doctor would prescribe.
When should you see a sleep specialist?
Generally speaking, most people should see a specialist when they start noticing problems with their quality of life from lack of sleep. However, if you feel isolated or anxious, experiencing depression, struggling with an addiction to substances such as alcohol or drugs, and not eating right then, I would recommend seeing a specialist sooner.
How long does it take for specialists to diagnose?
This is not easy to answer in general because the amount of time varies depending on the person’s needs and diagnosis. However, most specialists will try their best to see people within two weeks of being contacted at a minimum so that they can make any necessary changes as soon as possible!
How to find a specialist?
Doctors usually recommend starting with their medical practice for referrals to good sleep specialists in your area. If this is not an option, do some research into regional or national sleep associations to find a list of qualified doctors who specialize in treating sleep disorders.
You can also consult with the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) for more information on choosing a specialist—they have qualifications listed for all their members!
What to do when you visit a specialist?
When you first make contact with a doctor, they will ask about your symptoms and medical history before recommending treatments like medications or surgery that might be appropriate based on what’s wrong. It may take time to figure out the exact causes. However, it’s worth getting answers so that relief can be provided quickly if possible! With any luck, you will end up feeling more rested in the near future.
-Doctors can treat with varying degrees of success, depending on your needs. Some people will need to be treated through medication. In contrast, others might require surgery or other kinds of treatments such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I).
-It is important to note that any severe mental health disorder may also result in insomnia, so please consult your doctor if you have not done so already!
-If you are not sure whether or not you have a sleep disorder, there’s an easy way to find out—doctors ask about sleeping habits and schedule, how often you snore or experience apnea like symptoms during the day, what time night time and daytime habits are if you have any chronic illnesses (such as depression or anxiety) that might be interfering with your sleep-wake cycle.
This is just a quick overview of what to expect when seeing a doctor. If you need more information on choosing the right one for your needs, please get in touch with Hunterdon Pulmonary & Sleep Associates! We are happy to answer questions about how our sleep doctors in Flemington, NJ, can help you with your conditions.