Insomnia is not actually a sleep disorder but is instead a symptom of some other condition. For people who suffer from it, however, that knowledge does not make it less disruptive or disturbing. Although some people try sleep medications to treat insomnia, the side effects can sometimes be worse than the insomnia itself, and the pills can be addictive. A non-drug alternative to insomnia treatment is cognitive therapy. Cognitive behavioral therapy helps you to change habits that could be contributing to your insomnia so that you can get the sleep you need. If your sleep specialist recommends cognitive behavioral therapy, here is what you need to know.

What is cognitive behavioral therapy? 

Cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia, or CBT-I, is a type of therapy that is focused on identifying and changing behaviors that prevent you from sleeping. When undergoing CBT-I, your therapist will discuss your symptoms with you and may ask you to keep a sleep diary for a few weeks. This information will help you and your therapist uncover behavior patterns that seem to be linked to insomnia symptoms, so you can create a treatment plan.  

What treatments are used in CBT-I? 

The techniques your sleep specialist tries with CBT-I depends on a number of different factors, such as the type of insomnia you experience and the patterns you identify in your sleep diary. In some cases, therapy may focus on sleep hygiene. Sleep hygiene refers to the lifestyle habits you have that could impact your sleep, such as drinking caffeine too late in the day, exercising in the evening, or watching TV in bed. Other techniques involve sleep restriction, which cuts back the amount of time you spend in bed, and remaining passively awake, which means you don’t make any effort to sleep, so you can relax and actually sleep.  

Don’t let insomnia rob you of the sleep you need to stay healthy and feel your best. Contact Sleep Dynamics to find out what kind of sleep testing in Central New Jersey could help you get the best treatment for your symptoms. Schedule an appointment today by calling (848) 217-0240. 


Narcolepsy is a serious sleep disorder that requires careful management by a sleep medicine specialist. With proper treatment, many people who suffer from narcolepsy can reduce their risk of experiencing complications dramatically.  

One of the most distressing complications to many people with narcolepsy is the general lack of understanding about their condition. Some people assume that someone with narcolepsy is lazy and unmotivated because of their excessive drowsiness. Narcolepsy can also interfere with personal relationships because it diminishes sex drive and because intense feelings can trigger symptoms. There is also the risk of physical harm that is caused by uncontrolled sleep attacks.  

The first key to treating narcolepsy is getting an accurate diagnosis. Sleep Dynamics offers overnight sleep studies and maintenance of wakefulness tests in New Jersey that can help you get the answers you need about your symptoms. To schedule sleep testing, please dial (848) 217-0240.  

Sleep apnea is a serious condition that can have life-threatening consequences if left untreated. What exactly happens when you have sleep apnea? Watch this video to find out.

With sleep apnea, the throat closes during rest, blocking the airway that supplies oxygen to your lungs. When this happens, you wake up, while your brain sends a signal to the muscles in your throat to open. When breathing is restored, you fall back to sleep. This process can repeat hundreds of times each night, leading to daytime drowsiness and an increased risk of a long list of conditions.

At Sleep Dynamics, we can diagnose sleep apnea with an overnight sleep study in Central New Jersey, so you can get the treatment you need. Get on the road to more restorative sleep today by calling us at (848) 217-0240.

What exactly happens to your body when you fall asleep? During sleep, you go through a number of sleep cycles that allow your body to rest and repair itself. When you have a sleep disorder, one or more of these cycles may be disrupted in some way, causing your body to miss out on the restorative rest it needs to stay healthy. If you seek treatment with a sleep medicine specialist, he or she may discuss sleep cycles with you when explaining your condition. Here is what you need to know.  

Stage One 

Stage one is the lightest stage of sleep and occurs as soon as you drift off. Your eye movements slow down and your brain produces slow waves that are associated with sleep. This part of the sleep cycle may last for as little as seven minutes, and because you aren’t resting deeply, it is easy to wake up from stage one sleep.

Stage Two 

During stage two, you fall a little deeper into sleep. The brain produces sleep spindles, which are bursts of slow waves that encourage your body to rest before slowing down. Although stage two is deeper than stage one, it is still not considered deep sleep. People who take power naps usually wake up when they are in stage two sleep, since reaching this stage lets your body rest without the grogginess that can be associated with deeper rest.

Stages Three and Four 

Stages three and four of sleep are similar to each other. The body slowly moves into increasingly deep sleep, thanks to an increase in delta waves in the brain. There is no eye movement or muscle activity, while the body works to repair tissue, improve immune function, and boost your energy reserves. If you wake during these stages of sleep, you will feel tired and groggy.


The REM, or rapid eye movement, stage of sleep involves an increase in brain activity. During REM, the brain takes the information it has stored from the previous day and files it into your memory so that you can access it later. Dreams usually happen during REM sleep. 

During an overnight sleep study at Sleep Dynamics in New Jersey, we can determine how much time you’re spending in each cycle and use that information to diagnose your sleep disorder. Call (848) 217-0240 to make an appointment.

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