Your doctor or sleep specialist will first try to figure out why you're having trouble sleeping. If you are diagnosed with a sleep disorder, your treatment will depend up its cause.
- Sleep apnea treatment
Weight loss can improve–but may not adequately treat–sleep apnea. Avoiding alcohol and sleeping pills can also help. A continuous-positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine may be used. With CPAP, each night a patient wears a mask that increases the air pressure inside the throat. This prevents the airway from becoming too narrow and allows the patient to sleep without interruption.
- Insomnia treatment
Attempts to control environmental and lifestyle factors should be made; these factors include:
- Erratic hours of wakefulness
- Too much light
- Too much noise
- Too much caffeine or other stimulants
- Restless Legs Syndrome treatment
Restless legs syndrome is a treatable condition. Several medications are available to treat restless legs as well.
- Narcolepsy treatment
Lifestyle adjustments and learning to cope with the emotional and other effects of narcolepsy may improve functioning in work and social activities. Prescription medications may be necessary.