Sleep Disorder Information O Fallon MO

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.

SSM St. Joseph Sleep Disorders Center St. Joseph Health Center
(636) 947-5165
300 First Capitol Drive
Saint Charles, MO
Doctors Refferal
Necessary from a sleep specialist to have sleep st
Ages Seen
16 - Geriatric
Insurance
Insurance: Please call sleep center for complete listing.
Medicare: Yes
Medicaid: Yes

American Sleep Medicine Center St. Louis Sleep Center, LLC
(314) 994-9499
727 Craig Road
St. Louis, MO
Ages Seen
8 years and up

Healthfirst Chiropractic
(636) 284-3585
615 W. Ridge
O-Fallon, MO

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McCauley Animal Clinic
(636) 300-0200
1037 Wolfrum Crossing
Saint Charles, MO

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A B Chiropractic Family
(636) 916-0660
1817 Zumbehl Rd
St Charles, MO

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Sleep Medicine and Research Center St. Luke's Hospital
(314) 205-6030
232 S. Woods Mill Road
Chesterfield, MO
Doctors Refferal
Necessary if under 18 years old; preferred for all
Ages Seen
1-100
Insurance
Insurance: Most third party payers
Medicare: Yes
Medicaid: Yes

Barnes Jewish West County Sleep Disorders/EEG Center
(314) 996-8680
969 N. Mason Road
Creve Coeur, MO
Ages Seen
13 and up
Insurance
Insurance: No, we''ll schedule a visit with a sleep physician for you.
Medicare: Yes
Medicaid: Yes

Vet Stop Animal Clinic
(636) 970-2606
6640 Mexico Rd
Saint Peters, MO

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New Melle Animal Hospital
(636) 398-5566
3519 Hwy. F
New Melle, MO

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Healthfirst Wellness Center
(636) 410-4857
530 Madison St
St Charles, MO

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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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