Sleep Disorder

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Joshua Flatow

Author and Medical Reviewer:

Joshua Flatow, MD

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About Sleep Disorders

Deep, quality sleep is an integral part of maintaining your overall health. Getting good sleep not only helps you get sick less often, but it also helps you stay at a healthy weight, think more clearly, and improve your daily mood. And if you’ve been living with a sleep disorder in Long Beach, CA, you know just how rough it can be sometimes living without the benefits of a good night’s sleep.

Thankfully, there may be a solution to your problems with sleeping. Our psychiatrists here at Pacific Mind Health specialize in mental health, sleep disorders, and the correlation between a lack of sleep and one’s levels of cognition. Continued poor nights of sleep can deprive you of the benefits mentioned above and can have a significantly large impact on your ability to handle day-to-day activities, relationships, and family life.

With the help of our mental health specialists, we’ll custom-design a sleep disorder treatment in Long Beach, CA, that works best for your unique needs and lifestyle. And by better regulating and aiding your mood and sleep cycles, Pacific Mind Health can help you achieve optimal cognitive functioning and a more pleasant night of sleep. If that sounds good to you, feel free to give us a call at 562.279.0180 or conveniently request your initial appointment right here online.

What are sleep disorders?

Sleep disorders are characterized by persistent issues with the timing, quality, and amount of sleep one gets each night. This lack of quality sleep can interfere with your ability to properly handle your usual activities and workload. Sleep difficulties have also been linked to a variety of emotional and physical problems and can contribute to or exacerbate any present mental health conditions. This makes sense, as sleep disorders like insomnia are often partially symptoms of other mental health issues such as depression and anxiety.

As you can see, sleep is a basic human need that is essential for your physical and mental well-being. That’s because your body naturally goes through different phases of sleep throughout the night, and these phases usually operate on a 24-hour circadian rhythm that helps your body know when it’s time to sleep and when it’s time to wake. It’s the interruption of these phases and cycles that bring about the adverse effects of sleep disorders.

Sadly, it’s estimated that anywhere between 50 million and 70 million Americans struggle with ongoing sleep disorders in any given year. As such, we strive to provide the highest-quality sleeping disorder treatment in Long Beach, CA, to ensure that every who steps through our doors can receive the help they need.

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What are some of the most common sleep disorders?

It is currently understood that there are around 80 different types of sleep disorders that can make sleep difficult for millions of people around the world. Of these many disorders, there are a few that most commonly affect Californians as well as our fellow Americans across the country. These disorders are:

  • Insomnia — Insomnia involves difficulty falling or staying asleep. People struggling with insomnia often have daytime fatigue and problems with concentration due to a lack of adequate sleep. As mentioned above, insomnia is frequently accompanied by, or a symptom of, other mental health issues.
  • Sleep Apnea — Sleep apnea is a potentially serious sleep disorder that happens when your breathing is interrupted during sleep. This can happen either by a blockage of the airway when the soft tissue in the back of the throat collapses during sleep or when the brain fails to instruct the body to breathe during sleep. The most common symptoms of sleep apnea include snoring, waking fatigue, and restlessness during sleep.
  • Restless Leg Syndrome — Restless leg syndrome causes one to have an intense and often irresistible urge to move their legs and can thus make it difficult to fall or stay asleep. This usually happens while seated or lying down at night.

If you think you may be struggling with or have previously been diagnosed with any of the issues above, your best bet to achieve a quality night of sleep might just be with our sleep disorder treatment in Long Beach, CA.

How does my mood impact my sleep?

Sleep and mood are very closely connected. Inadequate sleep can cause stress and irritability, leading to difficulties communicating properly with those around you and handling your usual activities and interactions. Meanwhile, healthy sleep can holistically improve your overall mental wellness, from maintaining a clearer and more focused level of attention to simply having a happier and healthier mood throughout the day.

Some sleep disorders—such as chronic insomnia—may increase the risk of developing a mood disorder like anxiety or depression. Thankfully, there are a variety of effective sleep disorder treatments in Long Beach, CA, that can help achieve a better quality of sleep and fend off feelings of anxiety or depression.

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What does sleep disorder treatment in Longbeach, CA, look like?

There are a wide array of sleep disorder treatments in Long Beach, CA, available here at Pacific Mind Health. Though each patient is different and will require a unique approach to resolving their sleep disorder, our psychiatrists have the experience and training to find the right treatment plan for you. Our team often recommends one of the following treatments:

  • A regiment of mindfulness and meditation techniques
  • Medication that can alleviate the effects of sleep disorders or other mental health issues
  • Lifestyle changes, such as appropriate exercise, nutrition, and proper stress management
  • Psychotherapy with specialty modules, including our structured Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for Insomnia module (8 to 10 structured psychotherapy sessions with various at-home tasks and sleep logs)
  • The implementation of techniques to improve your sleep and sleep environment
  • Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) in the specific case that your sleep disorder is being caused or exacerbated by depression.
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Learn To Sleep Better With Pacific Mind Health

Even partial sleep deprivation can have a significant effect on your mood and overall well-being. So if you have any concerns whatsoever about your sleep, please get in touch with Pacific Mind Health today. You can reach us for more information at 562.279.0180 or set up your initial consultation today with our convenient online form.