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What does a sleep doctor do?

Sleep physicians and sleep specialists are doctors who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders. Most train in internal medicine, psychiatry, pediatrics, or neurology, during their residency. After completing their residency, they complete a fellowship program in sleep medicine.

Sleep physicians that receive training in sleep medicine are accredited by the board certification from the American Board of Sleep Medicine (ABSM).

Sleep psychologists are sleep specialists who focus on the mental and behavioral issues that may contribute to sleep problems.

Ear, nose, and throat (ENT) doctors or Otolaryngologists, will also perform procedures to address certain sleep issues. For example, repairing structural problems with the nose, mouth, or throat that cause snoring or obstructive sleep apnea.

Is sleep therapy covered by insurance?

In most cases, yes. Insurance providers will often help pay for the treatment of sleep disorders. Even with insurance, however, the amount you pay depends upon the healthcare provider that you have, and the out-of-pocket costs and deductibles tied to the plan. If you're looking to get better sleep, wrestling with your insurance company might not be your best option.

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Do sleep doctors prescribe medication?

Some doctors may choose to prescribe sleep medicine, though prescriptions are most useful when combined with good sleep practices and/or behavioral treatment. All prescriptions are at the sole discretion of your doctor.

Do I have a sleep disorder?

If you're not getting enough sleep you're not alone. More than one-third of Americans (about 70 million people) describe their sleep as "poor" or "only fair." The most common symptoms of a sleep disorder are:

  • Difficulty staying awake when not physically active.
  • Struggling to pay attention or concentrate at work, school, or in social situations.
  • Performance problems in school or at work.
  • Consistently being told that you look sleepy.
  • Difficulty with memory.
  • Slowed reflexes or response times.
  • Difficulty controlling your emotions.
  • Feeling the constant need to nap.
  • Snoring loudly.

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What are the most widely recognized sleeping problems?

There are more than 80 kinds of sleep disorders. Some of the most common are:

Insomnia: Up to 10% of adults in America meet the criteria for insomnia, which is describes a difficulty falling or staying asleep. Insomnia has several levels of severity, ranging from acute to chronic.

Sleep apnea: There are three main kinds of sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common of the three and occurs when throat muscles relax during sleep. Central sleep apnea occurs when the brain doesn't send proper signals to the muscles that control breathing. Complex sleep apnea syndrome occurs when a person has both obstructive and central sleep apnea.

Restless legs syndrome (RLS): An uncomfortable and uncontrollable urge to move your legs while lying down.

Narcolepsy: Excessive daytime sleepiness. This may also manifest as sleep paralysis, hallucinations, and in some cases cataplexy (a sudden physical collapse usually triggered by a strong emotion).

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