Sleep Disorder Treatment

Successful sleep disorder treatment can help patients greatly improve their quality of life. There are a wide range of disorders that can affect your sleep patterns, and the negative effects can be wide-ranging.

The short-term impacts of sleep disorders can include daytime drowsiness, increased anxiety, forgetfulness, and cognitive impairment, while long-term risks include high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, obesity, and psychiatric problems such as mood disorders and depression.

Sleep disorder treatment can vary greatly, depending on the type of disorder you are experiencing. Here are some common sleep disorders and their recommended treatments:

  • Snoring – Snoring is noisy breathing caused by vibrations in the throat. Treatment most often involves lifestyle changes such as losing weight, quitting smoking or avoiding alcohol before bed.
  • Sleep apnea and obstructive sleep apnea – These are characterized by stopped or slowed breathing during sleep, which can cause a patient to wake up frequently. Lifestyle changes are once again a commonly recommended treatment, though physicians may also prescribe a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) device or an oral mouthpiece that helps pull the jaw forward. Surgery to remove obstructions in the airway may also be an option.
  • Restless legs syndrome - This nervous system disorder causes patients to move their legs during sleep. Suggested treatments include regular exercise, massage, and the avoidance of caffeine, alcohol and tobacco.
  • Insomnia – The chronic inability to fall asleep is known as insomnia. Treatment of this sleep disorder is tailored to the issue causing the insomnia, whether it is medical (chronic pain) or emotional (stress). Regular exercise and avoiding daytime naps can also help.
  • Parasomnias – These sleep disorders can include sleepwalking and night terrors. While reducing stress may help, therapy or counseling may be necessary.

At Tampa General Hospital’s Sleep Disorders Center, our specialized team of physicians, therapists, and technicians provides a full range of sleep disorder treatment options for adults and children. We are proud to be accredited by the American Academies of Sleep Medicine (AASM).

To schedule a sleep study, call (813) 844-7233 or e-mail radiologyscheduling@tgh.org