Insomnia is the inability to fall asleep, stay asleep, or having un-refreshing or poor quality sleep. Although some insomnia sufferers may benefit from medications alone, most never achieve significant improvement until they make major changes in their sleep behaviors and thoughts associated with their sleep. For a person to succeed, this process needs to be managed by an experienced clinician such as Dr. Randazzo. This process is called cognitive-behavioral treatment and is the gold standard of treatment for insomnia.
Behavioral techniques take time to have an effect on your sleep, but research shows that they result in long-lasting results versus using medications alone (prescription or over-the-counter).
Delayed Sleep Phase Syndrome (DSPS)
Many people have a disruption of their internal clock in which their desired sleep period is much later than normal. They have difficulty falling asleep and have difficulty rising at a normal time. Once these individuals fall asleep, however, their sleep is normal. Adolescents often have DSPS. Unfortunately, work and school demands do not allow most people to maintain a later schedule. Behavioral techniques can help individuals adjust to an earlier sleep schedule so they can be productive during a normal daytime schedule.
Sleep apnea needs to be treated through a sleep laboratory, and the typical treatment is the use of a CPAP mask (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure). However, many people have difficulty adjusting to the mask, and end up not wearing it all night or not at all. Dr. Randazzo can help them address the issues that may be barriers to the use of their mask so they can experience refreshing, better quality sleep.
We live in a 24-hour society and many people do night-shift or rotating shift work. It can be very difficult for people to adjust to sleeping during the day and staying awake at night. Dr. Randazzo can help these individuals improve their daytime sleep quality and improve nighttime alertness.