Sleep disorders are a category of health concerns that involve problems with the quality, timing, and amount of sleep, which negatively impact a person’s quality of life and ability to function optimally while they are awake. Sleep disorders often occur along with other medical conditions or mental health conditions.
Insomnia – General definition and symptoms including difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep or not feeling refreshed upon awakening in the morning.
Circadian Rhythm Sleep-Wake disorders
- Jet Lag
- Night Shift Work or evening shift, such as restaurant work
- Delayed or Advance Sleep-Wake cycle, meaning circadian rhythm causing you to fall asleep 2 or more hours early or 2 or more hours late.
- Irregular sleep-wake rhythm – this is when the circadian rhythm is so disorganized it isn’t in a consistent pattern or sleep-wake cycle
Sleep-Related Movement Disorders – (movements that occur prior to or during sleep that make it difficult to get restful sleep)
- Restless Leg Syndrome – RLS
- Leg Cramps
- Periodic Limb Movement
Sleep-Related Breathing Disorders
- Sleep Apnea – obstructive
- Sleep Apnea- Central
Hypersomnia’s (excessive daytime sleepiness)
- Sleep Deprivation – Daytime fatigue and sleepiness due to insufficient time or quality of sleep
- Narcolepsy – Sporadic uncontrollable overwhelming daytime sleepiness regardless of sleep duration at night.
Parasomnias (events that happen during sleep)
- Night Terrors
- Talking in your sleep
- REM Sleep Behavior Disorder
- Disorienting waking symptoms
What is Dr. Litov’s philosophy on prescription sleep medications?
Prescription medications for sleep are powerful tools, but also have powerful side effects for many people. I see many people who are reliant on them but are no longer getting restful sleep, but also have withdrawal symptoms of rebound insomnia if they go off. I work very hard with people to get off these medications if they want, and then my patients can use these prescriptions for more acute situations where they will get the benefit without the dependence on them.
Can getting healthcare through Telehealth really help address sleep disorders?
Absolutely. I have worked very successfully with many people over telehealth for sleep issues. Please see my Telemedicine page for more information.
How many people has Dr. Litov helped with Insomnia and Sleep Disorders?
I have worked extensively with many people who are struggling with insomnia and various forms of sleep disorders, and I have a high success rate of helping.