What Treatments Are Available?
Depends on the diagnosis. Many people with sleeping problems have a combination of up to 88 different sleep disorders as defined by the International Classification of Sleep Disorders (ICSD). That is why a full sleep study test is so important.
- If the sleep study or sleep test shows only mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea and your partner wants some relief from your snoring, then a mandibular advancement splint is your best option. These need to be fitted by a specially trained dentist and made from a dental impression.
- If the sleep study or sleep test shows moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea and you suffer from significant symptoms such as tiredness, headaches or high blood pressure, you should start using CPAP immediately.
- If you are diagnosed with Periodic Limb Movements Syndrome (PLM Index > 5) or Restless Leg Syndrome, the doctor may prescribe central nervous system depressants, stress the importance of avoiding stimulants like caffeine and nicotine, check for iron deficiency and sleep as cool as possible. Simple treatments include relaxation in the hours prior to sleep and high doses of magnesium supplementation.