Sleep Disorder Information Evanston IL

We’re not talking about a cure—sleeplessness recurs periodically in most insomniacs. But experts say that most people can find a way to manage insomnia as long as they’re willing to keep on trying, even after the first, fifth, and seventh attempts fail. Often the secret lies in combining approaches.

Northshore Sleep Medicine
(847) 674-3600
3451 Church Street
Evanston, IL
Doctors Refferal
Not required
Ages Seen
2 & up
Insurance
Insurance: All - Call to Verify
Medicare: Yes
Medicaid: No

NorthShore University HealthSystem Sleep Center
(847) 663-8200
9977 Woods Drive
Skokie, IL
Doctors Refferal
HMO only
Ages Seen
6 mos - 99 years
Insurance
Insurance: All
Medicare: Yes
Medicaid: Yes

SleepMed of Niles
(847) 691-4215
7900 N. Milwaukee Avenue
Niles, IL
Ages Seen
13 years and up

Sleep Disorders Service and Research Center Rush University Medical Center
(312) 942-5440
710 S. Paulina Street
Chicago, IL
Doctors Refferal
Necessary
Ages Seen
6 years and up
Insurance
Insurance: All types


The Center for Sleep Medicine
(312) 587-3765
680 N. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL
Doctors Refferal
Not required. On-site Sleep Specialists are avail
Ages Seen
All
Insurance
Insurance: Virtually all commercial plans accepted
Medicare: Yes
Medicaid: No

American Sleep Medicine of Chicago
(847) 967-5337
8930 Gross Point Road
Skokie, IL
Ages Seen
Aug-99

Swedish Covenant Hospital Swedish Covenant Hospital
(773) 878-8200
5145 N. California Avenue
Chicago, IL
Doctors Refferal
Necessary
Ages Seen
5 yrs and up
Insurance
Insurance: All insurances are welcome.
Medicare: Yes
Medicaid: Yes

Sleep Disorders Center Advocate Lutheran General Hospital
(847) 723-7024
1875 Dempster Street
Park Ridge, IL
Doctors Refferal
Not required
Ages Seen
16+
Insurance
Insurance: Please confirm coverage with your insurance carrier specific to your plan
Medicare: Yes
Medicaid: Yes

Sleep Disorders Center at Northwestern Memorial Hospital
(312) 926-2650
201 E. Huron
Chicago, IL
Doctors Refferal
Necessary
Ages Seen
17 years and up
Insurance
Insurance: NMH accepts most major insurance plans. Please contact your insurance carrier.
Medicare: Yes
Medicaid: Yes

Sleep and Behavior Medicine Institute
(847) 984-6585
565 Lakeview Parkway
Vernon Hills, IL
Ages Seen
2 and above

In Search of a Good Night's Sleep

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By Leslie Crawford

It should be so easy. You’re tired. You close your eyes. You fall asleep. But for the millions of Americans who are sleepless in Seattle, Manhattan, and Shaker Heights, this simplest of human functions is but a dream. If there’s any comfort in numbers, the insomniac may find solace in knowing she’s hardly alone while she pines in the wee hours for Mr. Sandman.

Up to 40 million Americans suffer from sleep disorders, which tend to worsen with age, yet most sheepishly hide it in the closet. (After all, it’s only sleep, not a life-threatening illness. And doesn’t everyone seem tired these days?) “Too many people think insomnia is something to be embarrassed about, that it’s some sort of weakness,” says Tom Roth, director of the Sleep Disorders Research Center at the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. And this prevents a majority from seeking the help they need.

Happily, researchers bent on unraveling the mysteries of slumber are making headway on finding out why so many of us have ongoing trouble falling or staying asleep. “We’re beginning to understand the pathology far better,” says Roth, who cites studies finding that some poor sleepers are simply not wired like normal sleepers. Their hearts beat faster, their temperature runs higher, and their levels of the stress hormone cortisol are elevated. In medical terms, they have a condition known as hyperarousal.

Unfortunately, the best way to target this type of insomnia is still not known. “We have miles to go before we sleep,” says Roth. But at least this new understanding may alleviate some of the stigma that often comes with it. Practitioners have long viewed insomnia as a symptom of other causes—anxiety, depression, hormonal changes, and the side effects of various medications are among the leading ones. But according to the new research, for many people it may well be a condition unto itself. And “you have trouble sleeping” is a lot easier to take than “this means you must be depressed.”

There’s also some good news on the treatment front for people who suffer from any type of insomnia. We’re not talking about a cure—sleeplessness recurs periodically in most insomniacs. But experts say that most people can find a way to manage insomnia as long as they’re willing to keep on trying, even after the first, fifth, and seventh attempts fail. Often the secret lies in combining approaches. “No matter how severe the insomnia,” says Jacob Teitelbaum, director of the Annapolis Research Center for Effective Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Fibromyalgia Therapies, “it’s possible for just about everyone to get eight to ten hours of restful sleep.”

Practitioners who take a holistic approach to health have lots to offer the sleep-deprived. If anxiety or stress is your problem, they can suggest any number of calming techniques such as yoga, meditation, or aromatherapy. If nutritional deficiencies might be keeping you awake, they can diagnose them and suggest supplements that may help.

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