PROFESSIONAL HELP WITH INSOMNIA
However, one in three people experience problems with sleep . With some minor changes in rhythm and food goes quickly. But about 6 percent of Dutch people suffer from a chronic sleep disorder.
Sleeping and waking behavior
In a chronic sleep disorder sleep you three months at least three nights a week badly. You daytime irritable, sleepy and unfocused. Your doctor or a medical specialist in the hospital may then decide to refer you to a Center for Sleep and Wake Disorders.
Before going to the center, you will first receive a questionnaire and a diary. You need to fill exactly. A specialist from the center looking for. Sometimes in a diary all possible causes of reading off the sleep problem.
You may need to look more closely at your sleeping and waking behavior. In that case you will get with a sleep / wake recorder. This device looks like a walkman. There are plates (electrodes) taped with wires on your head. These electrodes measure brain activity, muscle tone and eye movements, and give it to the recorder. You wear this recorder one day. During the day you can just go home and do what you do differently.
There are a lot of different causes of sleep disorders. It may have to do with your behavior, but there may be something medically wrong.
Sometimes a sleep / wake recorder is not enough information. In that case, you may need to spend a night in the sleep lab. Here there is more extensive research can be done to your body when you are awake and asleep. Even your brain activity will be better examined.
If the specialist has gathered all the information, he proposes a treatment plan. This he will discuss with you. What starts for treatment depends on the disorder .
Many people find themselves in a vicious circle. They sleep poorly, making them worry about it and therefore sleep worse. In such a case, they teach you ways to regain control over your sleep. But if you do not sleep well by a medical condition, medication or surgery may be needed.