Sleep Disorder
Clinic of
Washington

4910 Moorland Lane Bethesda, MD, 20814

Scheduling: 301.260.7600 Sleep Lab: 240.395.0793

Treatment for Sleep Disorders

A variety of treatment options are available for patients diagnosed with a sleep disorder. For those with sleep apnea, relief usually comes with prescribing Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP). In this therapy, a steady stream of pressurized air is supplied through a tube connected to a plastic mask, preventing the collapse of airway tissues during sleep.

In addition, oral appliance therapy, positional therapy, somnoplasty, laser surgery or UP3 (where the tissue at the back of the throat is removed) are other ways to help sleep apnea patients attain restful sleep.

For those with other sleep disorders, a good night's sleep could also come with light therapy treatment, as well as lifestyle changes including weight loss, quitting smoking or developing better sleeping habits.

Practices conducive to good sleep

  • Try to sleep only when you are drowsy.
  • If you are unable to fall asleep or stay asleep, leave your bedroom and engage in a quiet activity elsewhere. Do not permit yourself to fall asleep outside the bedroom. Return to bed when - and only when - you are sleepy. Repeat this process of often as necessary throughout the night.
  • Maintain a regular arise time, even on days off work and on weekends.
  • Use your bedroom only for sleep and sex.
  • Avoid napping during the daytime. If daytime sleepiness becomes overwhelming, limit naptime to a single nap of less than one hour, no later than 3 PM
  • Distract your mind. Don't lie in bed unable to sleep and frustrated, instead try reading, watching a video, or listening to books on tape. It may be necessary to go into another room to do these.
  • Avoid caffeine and alcohol within four to six hours of bedtime.
  • Avoid the use of nicotine close to bedtime or during the night.
  • While a light snack before bedtime can help promote sound sleep, avoid large meals.
  • Avoid strenuous exercise within six hours of bedtime.
  • Minimize light, noise, and extremes in temperature in the bedroom.

*Source: Sleep Hygiene wellness brochure published and copyrighted by the AASM.