Sleep Disorder Information Manchester CT

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.

ECHN Sleep Disorders Center Manchester Memorial Hospital
(860) 646-1222 x2750
71 Haynes Street
Manchester, CT
Doctors Refferal
Necessary
Ages Seen
12y.o. – Adult
Insurance
Insurance: All
Medicare: Yes
Medicaid: Yes

Sleep Disorders Center Saint Francis Hospital & Medical Center
(860) 714-7100
114 Woodland Street
Hartford, CT
Ages Seen
5 and older

Hartford Hospital Sleep Disorder Center, Bloomfield
(860) 545-0441
533 Cottage Grove Road
Bloomfield, CT
Ages Seen
16

Johnson Memorial Hospital Sleep Center
(860) 684-8569
151 Hazard Avenue
Enfield, CT
Ages Seen
5 years and up

ProHealth Sleep Center at the Courtyard by Marriott
(877) 566-9311
1583 SE Road
Farmington, CT
Ages Seen
Jun-99

Gaylord Sleep Medicine/Glastonbury Gaylord Hospital
(203) 284-2818
676 Hebron Avenue
Glastonbury, CT
Ages Seen
Mar-99

Hartford Hospital Sleep Disorder Center
(860) 545-2996
75 Jefferson Street
Hartford, CT
Ages Seen
Greater than or equal to 16

Prime HealthCare Sleep Disorders Center
(860) 521-2231
2 Emily Way
West Hartford, CT
Doctors Refferal
Yes
Ages Seen
13+
Insurance
Insurance: Most insurances accepted


Enfield Sleep Disorders Center
(860) 265-3000
1 Corporate Road
Enfield, CT
Ages Seen
5 years and up

The Center for Sleep Medicine at Windham Hospital
(860) 456-6853
112 Mansfield Avenue
Willimantic, CT
Doctors Refferal
Necessary
Ages Seen
5 years and up
Insurance
Insurance: Most insurances accepted.
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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