Sleep Disorder Information Kent WA

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.

Sleep Center at Valley Medical Center
(425) 228-3440 x4941
400 S. 43rd Street
Renton, WA
Doctors Refferal
No
Ages Seen
5 years and up
Insurance
Insurance: All major plans including Medicare/Medicaid
Medicare: Yes
Medicaid: Yes

St. Francis Sleep Disorders Center
(253) 944-7555
34509 9th Avenue S.
Federal Way, WA
Ages Seen
15-100

Seattle Children's Pediatric Sleep Disorders Center
(206) 987-8926
1135 116th Avenue NE
Bellevue, WA
Doctors Refferal
YES
Ages Seen
0-21 years
Insurance
Insurance: All
Medicare: Yes
Medicaid: Yes

The Polyclinic Sleep Medicine Center
(206) 860-4545
1001 Broadway
Seattle, WA
Ages Seen
18+

Urgent Care Chiropractic Clinic - Kent
(253) 883-2044
Kent, WA

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Sleep Disorders Center Auburn Regional Medical Center
(253) 804-2809
202 N. Division Street
Auburn, WA
Doctors Refferal
Yes Unless insurance doesn''t require
Ages Seen
16 years and up
Insurance
Insurance: Most Insurance accepted
Medicare: Yes
Medicaid: Yes

Highline Sleep Disorder Center Highline Medical Pavillion
(206) 988-5779
16233 Sylvester Road SW
Burien, WA
Doctors Refferal
No
Ages Seen
14 years and up
Insurance
Insurance: Virtually all of the primary plans
Medicare: Yes
Medicaid: Yes

The Overlake Sleep Disorders Center
(425) 289-3000
1100 112th Avenue NE
Bellevue, WA
Ages Seen
above 12
Insurance
Insurance: Contracted with most major carriers.
Medicare: Yes
Medicaid: No

MultiCare Sleep Disorders Center at Tacoma
(253) 403-4554
1207 S. 5th Street
Tacoma, WA
Doctors Refferal
Necessary
Ages Seen
All ages
Insurance
Insurance: Most insurances are accepted. Please call the sleep center or your insuran
Medicare: Yes
Medicaid: Yes

LifeQuest Chiropractic and Massage
(253) 234-1665
25854 108 Ave SE
Kent, WA

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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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