Sleep Disturbance Therapy Treatment San Diego
Patients who come to us often suffer from various sleep disturbances, which are caused or exacerbated by their addictions. In addition, any kind of stressful event including addiction itself can disrupt neurotransmitter levels, affecting sleep in various ways. From daytime fatigue to insomnia and frequent waking, we address sleep disorders through a combination of medication, nutrition and therapy. By restoring normal neurotransmitter function, we help our patients get the much-needed sleep they need to recover from substance abuse and mental health issues.
Sleep disorders can be much more complex than initially meets the eye. They range from mild to severe and come in many forms – insomnia, sleep apnea (punctuated sleep cycles), narcolepsy, REM disorders, parasomnia (sleepwalking) and restless leg syndrome. Poor or inadequate sleep can have a profoundly negative effect on an individual’s everyday life. It affects the mood, concentration, memory, pain tolerance, impulsiveness, judgement-making abilities, immune system and blood pressure.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that as many as 50 to 70 million Americans suffer from a sleep disorder. There are many risk factors associated with these conditions. Females, people over the age of 60, those who are under excessive stress or those who work night shifts are all prone to having sleep or wakefulness problems. These individuals are often tempted to use alcohol or drugs to help themselves, which of course, only makes the initial diagnosis worse. The fact that their judgement-making is impaired by sleep deprivation only aggravates the problem.
Sometimes, medication for sleep disorders can be the trigger for the addiction, like in the case of narcolepsy. Amphetamines and methamphetamines which are used in narcolepsy treatments can lead to addiction. However, it also highly possible that the sleep disorder is just a symptom of a more severe condition, such as depression or anxiety.
Reputable drug rehab centers in San Diego, like APEX Rehab, offer the best support for dually diagnosed addicts who suffer from sleep disorders. Not only do we have the resources to offer our patients comprehensive care, but we are also qualified to assess the real nature of the problem.
Rehabilitation in APEX Rehab starts with medically supervised detoxification of the body. After this stage, rehabilitation takes place – how long this process is and what exactly differs from one case to another. With patients who have a sleep disorder it is important to run sleep tests and explore the possibilities of other co-occurring disorders. For example, individuals with narcolepsy are predisposed to developing panic anxiety.
Sleep Disturbance Therapy Treatment