Sleep Disorder Information Lilburn GA

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 Disorders Center of Gwinnett Pulmonary Group
(678) 942-5982
3540 Duluth Park Lane
Duluth, GA
Ages Seen
13-100

Pulmonary and Sleep Specialists Sleep Disorders Centers
(404) 294-5794
465 Winn Way
Decatur, GA
Ages Seen
14-99

PSS Sleep Disorders Center at Hillandale
(678) 418-9898
5700 Hillandale Drive
Lithonia, GA
Ages Seen
12-100

Sleep Disorders Center of Southeastern Lung Care
(404) 508-6257 x183
320 Winn Way
Decatur, GA
Ages Seen
May-99

The Sleep Specialty Center
(678) 323-1729
1357 Hembree Road
Roswell, GA
Ages Seen
>15

Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Satellite Boulevard
(404) 785-2096
2660 Satellite Boulevard
Duluth, GA
Ages Seen
birth to 21 years

DeKalb Medical Sleep Disorder Center
(404) 501-5927
2665 Norh Decatur Road
Decatur, GA
Doctors Refferal
Not necessary
Ages Seen
13 and older
Insurance
Insurance: Blue Cross, United Healthcare, Cigna, Aetna, US Healthcare, PHCS, Principle
Medicare: Yes
Medicaid: Yes

Emory Sleep Center
(404) 728-4752
1841 Clifton Road, NE
Atlanta, GA
Ages Seen
12-Adult
Insurance
Insurance: Most insurances accepted
Medicare: Yes
Medicaid: Yes

Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Egleston
(404) 785-1582
1405 Clifton Road NE
Atlanta, GA
Ages Seen
birth to 21 years

The Sleep Center at Piedmont Hospital
(404) 605-4278
1968 Peachtree Road NW
Atlanta, GA
Doctors Refferal
As Required per insurance policy
Ages Seen
15-95 yrs
Insurance
Insurance: All (except Kaiser-Permanente)
Medicare: Yes
Medicaid: Yes

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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