Sleeping Well Though the Ages

Sleeping Well Though the Ages

About a third of all people in the United States sleep poorly at least one night weekly, and more than 50 million people suffer from sleep disorders. As we age, our sleep patterns and needs often change, leaving many adults with sleepless nights and restless days.

Accurate Diagnosis... While You Sleep

Inadequate sleep can take a serious toll on your life. Saint Mary’s Sleep Disorders Centers in Waterbury and Wolcott provide treatment to reduce the effects of insomnia—and help you get some ZZZs.

The first step in the diagnostic process is often a sleep study, allowing for observation of sleep patterns while patients spend the night in the sleep lab, which features the comforts and amenities of a hotel room. Our sleep specialists are available for consultation before a sleep study. After the sleep study, the physicians personally work with the patient to determine the best treatment option. If you are having trouble sleeping, experience daytime sleepiness, exhibit unusual behaviors during sleep, or use sleep medication, a sleep test can help you find a solution. Speak with your physician about the potential benefits of a sleep study.

Inadequate sleep has become a national epidemic in the United States. A full night’s sleep has numerous benefits for the mind and body, including: better exercise performance improved mood increased pain threshold sharpened memory and cognitive skills strengthened immune function Adequate sleep—seven to more than nine hours, depending on the person—can also improve driving skills and eating habits. While adults older than 30 typically require less sleep than younger individuals, they are often faced with sleep-related problems. Adults who experience sleep disorders may also be at higher risk for health concerns such as high blood pressure and heart disease.

Lack of sleep is often caused by poor sleep hygiene, stress, lack of exercise, or illness. 

Treatment Is Available

For individuals suffering from inadequate sleep, numerous options are available to improve nighttime rest. Getting enough sleep can sometimes be as simple as creating a bedtime routine, quitting smoking, refraining from caffeine consumption, or avoiding naps. Continuous positive airway pressure therapy, oral appliances, medical weight loss, and surgical options are also available for patients who require medical intervention to get the sleep they need. At Saint Mary’s Sleep Disorders Center, Dr. Gregory Colodner, one of the only board-certified sleep specialists in the region, works directly with patients to provide treatment and support. For patients with insomnia, a web-based assistance program can be accessed from home. Adults and children older than 4 years can undergo sleep testing at home or in the comfort of our sleep center, and Saint Mary’s is developing a program that will allow testing for children as young as 12 to 18 months. Good sleep is not just about feeling rested—it can benefit your overall health,”Dr. Colodner said. “Physicians and staff at Saint Mary’s Sleep Disorders Center will listen, treat your condition with respect, and continue working to improve your sleep.”

For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call Saint Mary’s Sleep Disorders Center at (203) 709-6243. 

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