Sleep: A Pillar of Good Health
When you sleep, your body rests and restores its energy levels. However, sleep is an active state that affects both your physical and mental well-being. A good night’s sleep is often the best way to help you cope with stress, solve problems, or recover from illness.
Anyone who doesn’t get enough quality sleep has a sleep disorder. Although causes may differ, the end result of all sleep disorders is that the body’s natural cycle of slumber and daytime wakefulness is disrupted or exaggerated.
Insomnia: Insomnia, which experts define as difficulty falling or staying asleep, is the most common sleep disorder. Some insomniacs find it hard to nod off when they get into bed, while others wake up in the middle of the night and have trouble getting back to sleep. Even if you doze for nine hours a night, you may still have insomnia if your rest is light, fitful, and leaves you tired in the morning.
Sleep Apnea: If you never feel refreshed, no matter how much sleep you get, your problem may be sleep apnea. In sleep apnea, breathing stops for at least 10 seconds at a time while you’re asleep, leaving you gasping for air. Although these episodes may wake you up, you may not be aware of them. Sleep apnea interrupts the deep sleep that the body needs to feel rested. Sleep apnea can pose a serious threat to your health. If left untreated, sleep apnea can result in a growing number of health problems including hypertension, stroke, heart failure, irregular heart beats and heart attacks. In addition, untreated sleep apnea may be responsible for job impairment and motor vehicle crashes.
Treatment at The Heart Institute of Venice
No matter what problem is keeping you up at night, it is important to work with your doctor until you’ve found the solution. Some sleep problems may require medical treatment, others may involve lifestyle change, and others may respond best to behavioral or psychological treatment.
The physicians at The Heart Institute of Venice can consult with you about your sleep disorder and develop a treatment plan to help you get a good night’s rest.
In some cases, you may be referred to a sleep disorder clinic to have a sleep evaluation. Our physicians will carefully follow your visits to the clinic, and incorporate the results into your treatment plan.
We understand that regularly getting a good night’s rest is one of the most important things you can do for your body and mind.