Insomnia Doctor Birmingham AL

you have difficulty falling asleep at night and waking up in the morning, try dawn/dusk simulation, a form of sleep therapy that resets your body clock. Your body uses natural signals, including sunlight and darkness, to trigger hormones that make you active in the morning and sleepy at night.

Stuart Jay Padove, MD
(205) 780-1963
817 Princeton Ave SW Ste 115
Birmingham, AL
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Critical Care Medicine, Sleep Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Med Coll Of Ga Sch Of Med, Augusta Ga 30912
Graduation Year: 1972
Hospital
Hospital: Baptist Princeton Med Ctr, Birmingham, Al
Group Practice: Princeton Pulmonary Group

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St. Vincent's Sleep Disorders Center St. Vincent's Hospital
(205) 930-2369
2660 Tenth Avenue S
Birmingham, AL
Ages Seen
18 and up
Insurance
Insurance: Most commercial including BCBS of Alabama
Medicare: Yes
Medicaid: Yes

Brookwood Sleep Disorders Center Brookwood Medical Center
(205) 877-2403
2010 Brookwood Medical Center Drive
Birmingham, AL
Ages Seen
18 years and up

Lakeshore Sleep Disorder Center, LLC
(205) 945-4796
1280 Columbiana Road
Birmingham, AL
Doctors Refferal
Yes
Ages Seen
> or = 18 yeaers old
Insurance
Insurance: All except Aetna, Cigna and Tricare


Nidhi Bansal, MD
(205) 934-9700
930 20th St S
Birmingham, AL
Business
UAB Hospital Family Medicine
Specialties
Family Practice

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UAB Sleep/Wake Disorders Center
(205) 930-7114
1201 11th Avenue S
Birmingham, AL
Doctors Refferal
Not necessary unless required by insurance.
Ages Seen
18 years and up
Insurance
Insurance: Blue Cross, VIVA and various commercial insurance carriers; do not accept United Healthcare.
Medicare: Yes
Medicaid: Yes

Children's Hospital of Alabama
(205) 939-9386
1600 7th Avenue S
Birmingham, AL
Doctors Refferal
No
Ages Seen
0-21 years
Insurance
Medicare: Yes
Medicaid: Yes

Sleep Disorders Center of Alabama
(205) 599-1020
790 Montclair Road
Birmingham, AL
Doctors Refferal
Not necessary
Ages Seen
<13 years old
Insurance
Insurance: Blue Cross, United HealthCare, Aetna, U.S. HealthCare, various commercial p
Medicare: Yes
Medicaid: Yes

Ronald T Moon, DO
(205) 327-5030
820 University Blvd
Birmingham, AL
Business
Corporate Health Systems of Alabama
Specialties
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

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Michael S. Beckenstein
(205) 933-9308
833 St. Vincent's Drive
Birmingham, AL
Specialties
Cosmetic Surgery
Insurance
Medicare Accepted: No
Workmens Comp Accepted: No
Accepts Uninsured Patients: No
Emergency Care: No


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Say Good Night to Insomnia

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By Nina Zolotow

You’ve tried it all—chamomile tea, hot baths, aromatherapy, melatonin—and nothing works. Your insomnia obviously calls for something a little stronger than a glass of warm milk. In fact, you need something that packs a bit more punch, but you don’t want to resort to sleep medications. Good news: Sleep researcher Roger Cole, PhD, from Del Mar, California, recommends two powerful, natural sleep therapies that have helped many insomniacs drift off peacefully to dreamland.

Resetting your body clock
If you have difficulty falling asleep at night and waking up in the morning, try dawn/dusk simulation, a form of sleep therapy that resets your body clock. Your body uses natural signals, including sunlight and darkness, to trigger hormones that make you active in the morning and sleepy at night. Bright light, particularly morning sunlight, provides the strongest signal the body uses to regulate this hormonal cycle, called your circadian rhythm. So if you typically awaken before sunrise or work in artificially lit environments, your circadian rhythm may have gotten out of sync. Using a light box may help you reset it.

Here’s how to do it: Spend the first half hour of each morning in simulated “dawn,” by sitting in front of a light box. You can do this while you eat your breakfast, read the paper, or go about your morning routine. Before bed, spend time in simulated “dusk” by closing the curtains and keeping lights dim. This combination should reset your clock within a few days.

If sleep problems continue, wake up and use your light box a half hour earlier for a few days. Cole says eventually you’ll hit a “magic sleep spot.” Once you do, you should be able to discontinue the therapy. But people who are true night owls may need to keep using both dawn and dusk simulation indefinitely to stay on their new schedules.

Cole recommends a light box that delivers 10,000 lux at a distance of at least 20 inches. A large field of view (at least 18” wide) is a plus, and a box that gives white light with an extra boost of blue or blue-green may be more effective than a plain white box.

Sleep restriction
If you have trouble falling and staying asleep, and spend time tossing and turning, sleep restriction therapy may be the ticket. This therapy is based on the theory that although your body may have learned to get along without sleep, it’s actually possible for you to retrain it.

Start by estimating how much sleep you typically get each night, as opposed to how many hours you stay awake in bed hoping for sleep (say five hours of sleep for seven in bed). Stay in bed only for the amount of time you usually sleep (the five hours), scheduling your bedtime and wake-up time appropriately (say, 1 a.m. to 6 a.m.). Meanwhile, use your bedroom for sleeping only (and for, well, you know). And no fair taking mid-day naps.

If you do wake up during the night, lie awake in bed no more than 15 minutes. Then leave the bedroom, stay warm, and engage in a ...

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