Sleep Disorder Information South Hadley MA

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 Medicine Services of Western Massachusetts, LLC
(413) 253-2767
170 University Drive
Amherst, MA
Ages Seen
12 years and up

Sleep Disorder Center of Hampden County
(413) 525-3958
98 Shaker Road
East Longmeadow, MA
Ages Seen
18

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

Westover Animal Clinic
(413) 535-1777
1361 Memorial Dr
Chicopee, MA

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Active Chiropractic
(413) 570-0934
8 Goffe Street
Hadley, MA

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Sleep Management Solutions LLC*
(888) 497-5337
382 N. Main Street
East Longmeadow, MA
Ages Seen
>13 years

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

Adam J. Flisser, MD
(212) 794-9601
103 East 80th Street
New York, NY
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology, Urogynecology
Insurance
Insurance Plans Accepted: AetnaOxfordGHIMedicareUnitedMany others

Doctor Information
Residency Training: Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Medical School: New York University School of Medicine, 1997
Additional Information
Member Organizations: Fellow, American College of Obstetricians/Gynecologists Member, American Urogynecologic Society


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Mobile Veterinary House Call Service
(413) 625-9353
House Call Service at your home
Northampton, MA

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Edward J Patton, MD
(413) 586-2022
234 Russell St
Hadley, MA
Business
Womencare
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology

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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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