Narcolepsy is a chronic, often misunderstood sleep disorder. Sufferers are forced to find ways to manage their symptoms while living their lives, which can sometimes be a challenge.  

Watch this video to find out what it is really like to live with narcolepsy. People with this sleep disorder can have fulfilling school lives and careers with the help of a supportive network of friends and family and a good plan for managing their symptoms.  

Sleep Dynamics provides overnight sleep studies and various sleep medicine tests to diagnose disorders like narcolepsy in Central New Jersey. Learn more about sleep studies or book an appointment by calling (848) 217-0240.

If you suffer from insomnia, then you probably already know that traveling can often make your symptoms worse. In fact, even people who don’t typically experience insomnia often have difficulty sleeping when they are traveling. How can you get the rest you need to function on your business trip or vacation? Try these strategies to help you cope with your sleep disorder when you’re on the road.  

Book Wisely 

When you book your trip, spend time choosing a room that is going to make sleep as easy as possible for you. Try booking a room on the concierge level or suite level, where you will likely be higher up in the hotel and away from the action, or simply request a room on a high floor when making your reservation. You can also request a room that is not facing the street or near the elevator, so your space is as quiet and relaxing as possible.  

Pack for Comfort 

Bringing a few creature comforts from home can help you ease into sleep in a new place. Try packing your favorite pillow as well as a sleep mask and ear plugs. Some people find that bringing a candle or pillow spray in a soothing scent can be helpful. Pack comfortable pajamas and anything else you need to complete your normal sleep rituals. This may also include cuing up the television shows you like to watch on your tablet or making a playlist of your usual nightly tunes.  

Give It Time 

When you’re traveling, be sure to carve out enough time to sleep, so that you don’t perpetuate your insomnia by worrying about not getting enough sleep. This may mean going to bed earlier than you normally do, especially on the first few days of your trip as you adjust to your new environment.  

Insomnia can be both frustrating and debilitating for sufferers, but the sleep medicine experts at Sleep Dynamics can help you get the fulfilling rest you need. We offer comprehensive sleep disorder services, including diagnostic testing and multiple treatment options. To learn more about how we can help you conquer insomnia in Central New Jersey, please call (848) 217-0240.

If you live with a sleep disorder, chances are that you have a love/hate relationship with caffeine. Although it can help you fight off the fatigue that accompanies sleep disorders, it can also end up interfering with your sleep even more. If you drink caffeine, then timing your consumption could be important to managing your sleep disorder symptoms.

Caffeine can impact your system for long after you initially consume it. It peaks in your bloodstream about 30 to 60 minutes after consuming it but remains for much longer. The half-life for caffeine is between three and five hours. Studies have shown that having caffeine six hours before bedtime can impact your ability to sleep.  

At Sleep Dynamics, we help patients overcome sleep disorders with a combination of behavioral sleep medicine and treatments like oral appliance therapy. Find out how to manage your sleep disorder in Central New Jersey by calling us at (848) 217-0240.   

Sleep apnea occurs when the airway in your throat is obstructed while you sleep, preventing the oxygen you need from getting to your lungs. As a result, you may wake up and gasp for air before falling back to sleep. These episodes—called apneas—can occur hundreds of time per night, though you may not be aware they are happening because they are over so quickly. However, the constant sleep interruptions can lead to chronic daytime drowsiness. When you’re pregnant, your risk of developing sleep apnea increases. This is referred to as gestational sleep apnea, and it can contribute to a long list of complications. Here is what you need to know.  

How do I know if I have gestational sleep apnea? 

People often find out that they have gestational sleep apnea after a partner informs them of their intense snoring. Snoring doesn’t necessarily mean you have sleep apnea, but it could be an indicator. Your partner may also notice that you are gasping or seem to stop breathing while you sleep, which is another symptom. In some cases, extreme, unexplained drowsiness is another indicator. If you think you are having symptoms of sleep apnea, tell your doctor, who may refer you for a sleep study.  

What happens during a sleep study? 

During a sleep study, medical professionals will monitor your breathing, oxygen levels, and heart, lung, and brain functions while you sleep. If you experience episodes of apneas, they will be recorded and you may be diagnosed with sleep apnea. Sleep studies usually take place in designated sleep labs and are not painful. You simply go to sleep with monitors attached to your body.  

How is gestational sleep apnea treated? 

If you have sleep apnea, your doctor may recommend CPAP treatment or oral appliance therapy. Both of these techniques help to keep your airway open while you sleep, so you can breathe easily and get the rest you need. After your pregnancy, you may be able to discontinue therapy.  

Don’t let sleep apnea affect your health during your pregnancy. Get a definitive diagnosis and treatment from Sleep Dynamics. Schedule your sleep study in Central New Jersey today by calling (848) 217-0240. 

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