Elements of Sleep Disorder Therapy

A sleep disorder can be frustrating – and may even lead to poor performance on the job, at school or in the home environment.  A sleep therapy program is designed to help individuals achieve a better night’s rest through psychological, holistic and medicinal means.   Understanding sleep disorder therapy helps the individual better prepare for the experience – and will enhance the treatment process.

What are the Most Common Sleep Disorders?

Although medical professionals list hundreds of potential sleep disorders, there are several which have the highest reporting rates among U.S. adults in 2009.  These sleep disorders include:

  • Sleep apnea – a potentially serious sleep disorder in which the breathing becomes shallow or stops temporarily during sleep.
  • Restless leg syndrome – a disorder that causes unwanted and uncontrollable leg movement throughout the night
  • Insomnia – when an individual in unable to sleep through the night or get enough sleep to maintain good health throughout the day
  • Narcolepsy – a rare condition where the individual while fall into a sleep-like state at unexpected times

These are just four of the many sleep disorders in the world, but they represent the ones most commonly treated through therapy.

What are the Key Elements of Sleep Disorder Therapy?

Although sleep disorder treatment programs can differ greatly, depending upon the treatment modalities of the facility, there are several key elements which remain a part of almost every program found in the United States. 

These elements include:

  • Education.  One of the most effective ways to help an individual with a sleep disorder is to explain the details of the condition to the patient.  In therapy, individuals learn more about the root causes of the condition – removing the fear regarding their disorder and helping to start them on the healing path.
  • Lifestyle changesSleep disorder treatment provides real-world solutions to insomnia and other disorders.  The therapists work closely with their patients to illustrate how their lifestyle decisions impact their sleep.  In fact, many people may be making their sleep disorder worse without even knowing it.  Among the many factors that can impact a sleep disorder are:
    • Diet
    • Activity levels before bedtime
    • Body position while sleeping
  • Medication.  Throughout the world, medication is still the dominate force in sleep disorder therapy.  Advances in pharmaceuticals have allowed doctors to prescribe sleeping pills to their patients that do not negatively impact their lives.  Sleeping medications have become more effective and less addictive over the years – allowing individuals to use them with greater confidence.
  • Neurology.  Brain mapping techniques allow sleep therapists to pinpoint the areas of the brain that are causing the disorder – and focus treatment in those specific areas.

 

Moonview Sanctuary offers a unique take on sleep disorder therapy – combing elements of the latest in neuroscience and traditional holistic healing techniques.   The “Moonview Model” is fast becoming known as one of the most effective forms of treating sleep disorders in the world.  Contact Moonview today and ask about their Transformation Health program for sleep disorders.

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