Sleep Medicine

Sleep medicine is a medical specialty devoted to the diagnosis and therapy of

sleep disturbances,

and disorders. Over 100 different disorders of sleeping and

waking

have been identified, grouped in four main categories: problems with falling and staying asleep (insomnia); problems with staying awake (excessive daytime sleepiness); problems with keeping to a regular sleep schedule (sleep rhythm problem); and unusual behaviours during sleep (sleep-disruptive behaviours, e.g. sleep walking). Treatment will vary and depend on the specific sleep disorder but range from treatment by a Respiratory or Sleep Medicine Doctor with medicines to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, sleep hygiene and sleep routines and relaxation, meditation and exercise.

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