Diagnosing the underlying cause of your sleep disorder is crucial to determine the right treatment. Your doctor will choose from the following options to ensure you get the care you need.
Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) is often prescribed to treat sleep apnea. A nasal mask worn during sleep prevents your airways from narrowing by increasing the air pressure inside your throat. CPAP typically requires a sleep study, and our team of sleep medicine specialists work closely with you to ensure proper fit and use. This ensures maximum comfort and compliance with the device.
Positions the tongue and/or jaw to open your airway, which may alleviate sleep apnea and reduce snoring.
New wake-promoting medications reduce sleepiness associated with sleep apnea and narcolepsy. Dextroamphetamine (Ritalin) increases daytime alertness. Hypnotics induce and help you maintain sleep. Duke physicians have participated in many clinical trials of medical therapies for sleep disorders. You may be eligible to participate in ongoing studies of new therapies.
Removes obstructions in the mouth, nose or larynx that may cause sleep apnea.
Being overweight, smoking, alcohol use, caffeine consumption, and your daily routine may all contribute to your sleep disorders. Our therapists recommend lifestyle changes, and work with you to adopt them in an effort to reduce the impact of sleep disorders on your health. Likewise, if stress is contributing to your sleep disorder, our mental health professionals teach techniques to reduce stress and manage its effect on your well being.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Incorporates a variety of techniques designed to change your actions or thoughts and promote better sleep.
Bright Light Treatment
If your sleep disorder is caused by circadian rhythm, regularly timed exposure to a bright light, either from a light box or natural light may help normalize your sleep schedule.