Sleep Disorders Treatment

Sleep disorders treatment could involve a multi-layered approach that may include therapy to stress and anxiety, or to determine the underlying cause. Medication and/or supplements may be prescribed along with guidance on making healthy changes to habits and diet.

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Purpose of treatment for sleep disorders

Cognitive-behavioral therapy can help in treating sleep disorders such as insomnia, narcolepsy, sleep apnea, or other associated disorders. The purpose of therapy for sleep disorders is to change routines associated with sleep, establish healthy bedtime, resolve worrisome thoughts, ease stress, and learn relaxation techniques. Stimulus control, sleep hygiene education, dark therapy, and phototherapy are other methods that may be applied to analyze sleeping patterns, reset circadian rhythms, and gain deeper insight into life changes that may be a source of stress.

Sleep habits can vary from person to person. What promotes healthy sleep for one person may not work for someone else. Therapy is very important as insufficient sleep over a few days or weeks leads to diminished function, irritability, anxiety and fatigue.

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Types of sleep disorders we treat

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Insomnia is a sleeping disorder characterized by poor quality or lack of sleep that leads to diminished ability in performing daytime activities. Insomnia can be temporary or persistent and treatment may be treated with medical and non-medical therapies.

REM Sleep Behavior Disorder

REM Sleep Behavior Disorder

A rapid eye movement (REM) sleep disorder is when you vocally and physically act out dreams that are vivid and often unpleasant. Treatment is determined after diagnostic testing and may include medications, guidance in lifestyle changes, and behavioral therapy.

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Sleep Apnea

With sleep apnea, you will experience breathing interruptions while asleep. Snoring, mood swings, and morning headaches are common symptoms. Changes in lifestyle are used as part of treatment along with medication and additional therapies.



A neurological condition called narcolepsy makes you overly sleepy during the day or you unintentionally fall asleep even while driving or working.  The symptoms of narcolepsy can be controlled with medications that may include stimulants and antidepressants.

Your Local Psychiatrist NYC advantages and experience in sleep disorders treatment

Sleep and mental health are related. You have an increased risk of developing depression, anxiety, and other mental health problems if you are suffering from a sleep disorder. The Your Local Psychiatrist NYC team specializes in treatment for sleep disorders as they have extensive understanding and advanced training to help manage sleep disturbances and identify its underlying causes.

  • Board Certified and highly experienced providers
  • Individual approach to patients
  • Easy-to-access online psychiatry and psychotherapy services
  • Electronic prescriptions
  • Portal access to your providers and appointments
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Sleep disorders treatment methodology

The best treatment for sleep disorders includes a blend of treatments that incorporates medication, therapies such as cognitive behavioral therapy, massage, and recommendations for diet and lifestyle adjustments.

Therapies can help with relaxation to promote sleep while focusing on negative thought processes that may be interrupting your ability to have a restful night’s sleep. Avoiding harmful behaviors, easing stress, and developing a healthy sleep routine are all part of the holistic approach during treatment.

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FAQs about sleep disorders therapies & treatments

How do I know if I have a sleep disorder?

Sleep disorders should only be diagnosed by a qualified professional. Not getting enough sleep, having increased stress and diminished functioning during the day, or falling asleep at inappropriate times could be symptoms of a sleep disorder.

What sleep disorder requires a medical specialist?

Every sleep disorder should be treated by a medical professional such as a psychiatrist who is qualified and licensed to prescribe the right medication to better manage the symptoms and improve the quality of sleep. 

How to diagnose a sleep disorder?

Your doctor will utilize your medical history, sleep history, and physical examination to determine a diagnosis. Depending on the symptoms, further tests may involve a polysomnogram (sleep study) to monitor your sleep activity overnight.

What doctor treats sleep disorders?

Psychiatrists tend to provide treatment for sleeping disorders and may involve a neurologist when the cause is thought to be neurological. Insomnia, sleep apnea, narcolepsy, and other types of disorders mostly require medication as part of their treatment.

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