Sleep medicine is a medical subspecialty devoted to the diagnosis and treatment of sleep disturbances and disorders. Dr Mistry can offer assessment and treatment for a range of sleep disorders, and this includes offering 1 to 1 cognitive behavioural therapy for insomnia (CBT-i).
Frequently Asked Questions about Sleep Medicine
There are over 70 different sleep disorders.
You may feel unrefreshed when you wake up in the morning. For some people this may persist during the day and you may experience sleepiness, yawning, difficulties with concentration, attention, focus and short-term memory. Some people can become irritable, notice a deterioration in their mood, a spike in their anxiety levels, or might need to take daytime naps. It is not uncommon for people to use caffeine to help “power through” their day.
This depends on the type of sleep disorder, and its severity. There are over 70 different sleep disorders so answering this question in a single sentence, or even a paragraph is tricky!
A sleep condition where a person struggles with falling asleep, staying asleep and they have an inability to have consolidated sleep despite having adequate sleep opportunity.
In the short term, people suffering from insomnia can experience fatigue, daytime sleepiness, poor attention, concentration and memory. Some people may experience irritability, especially in the mornings after a bad night.
Over the long term, untreated insomnia can affect an individual’s mental health. For example, chronic insomnia can increase the risk of developing anxiety or depression. Insomnia can also impact on a person’s ability to recover from any existing mental health conditions.
Obstructive sleep apnoea. The British Lung Foundation estimate that 1.5 million people in the UK have obstructive sleep apnoea, and that up to 85% of these people are undiagnosed and untreated. Other organisations, such as the Sleep Apnoea Trust estimate that the total figure could be as high as 10 million people.
Snoring which is loud enough to disturb others, stopping breathing whilst sleeping, waking up with a dry mouth and a morning headache. Other signs include excessive daytime sleepiness which can cause people to fall asleep while working or when they are watching television. Some people may develop depression, as well and struggle with concentration and memory. Not everyone who snores has obstructive sleep apnoea.