Sleep medicine conditions & treatments at The Christ Hospital
When your sleep is interrupted on a nightly or near-nightly basis, it can have far-reaching consequences on your personal, work and social life. We provide diagnosis, including sleep studies and treatment for the full spectrum of sleep disorders.
Sleep apnea—breathing that starts and stops involuntarily and disrupts your sleep multiple times a night
Insomnia—the inability to fall asleep or remain asleep
Restless leg syndrome—feelings of creeping, crawling, tingling, or burning in your legs that cause an irresistible urge to move
Idiopathic hypersomnia—excessive daytime sleepiness
Narcolepsy—overwhelming daytime sleepiness that causes you to fall asleep at inappropriate times and locations
Snoring—loud, harsh sound caused by obstructed breathing and vibrations in your throat
Parasomnias—abnormal movements and behaviors that occur while you’re sleeping like sleepwalking, sleep talking, nightmares, or teeth and jaw grinding
Whatever it is that’s keeping you up at night, the board-certified sleep experts at The Christ Hospital can help you stop tossing and turning to get the high-quality rest you deserve.
Sleep medicine treatment options
Grab some shut eye. Catch some z’s. Doze off. No matter what you call it—regular, restorative sleep is a vital part of a healthy life. When sleep disorders [Link to Conditions tab] disrupt your slumber, it can turn every day into a nightmare.
Our world-class sleep medicine specialists [Link to Your Care Team tab] have the expertise, knowledge, and technology to give you the solution you’ve been dreaming of.
Our treatment options include:
CPAP and other options to treat Obstructive Sleep Apnea
If you are diagnosed with sleep apnea, a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine may provide relief for your restless nights. While sleeping, you’ll wear a mask that allows the CPAP machine to deliver air that supports your throat tissues and prevents obstruction.
If you prefer not to use a CPAP machine, an oral appliance may be part of your backup plan. We work with dental specialists to custom design a dental device or mouthguard that fits your exact specifications to help your airways remain clear.
Inspire sleep apnea therapy
The Christ Hospital Health Network is the only facility in the Greater Cincinnati area that offers Inspire to treat sleep apnea.
If you are not able to tolerate using a CPAP machine, Inspire is an FDA-approved device that replaces the need for a CPAP machine. Inspire is implanted under the skin of your neck and chest, typically during an outpatient procedure. Inspire monitors your breathing while you sleep and controls the movement of your tongue and airway muscles to ensure your air pathways air are kept open.
You control the Inspire device with a small remote control that turns the sleep aid on and off at the appropriate times.
Cognitive behavioral therapy
The quality of your sleep can often be improved by using behavioral or psychological techniques that develop good sleep hygiene and instill habits that improve your rest.
We use a wide range of strategies to help you make any needed changes, including:
Relaxation techniques—teaches you to relax using breathing exercises, mindfulness, meditation and other strategies
Biofeedback—teaches you ways to change and control your body’s reaction to stress
Sleep hygiene education and training—highlights healthy sleep habits like maintaining a regular bedtime routine or eliminating excess light in your bedroom
Lifestyle changes—outlines different habits and behaviors that could be affecting your sleep like excess weight, caffeine or alcohol use
Your treatment plan may include prescription sleeping medication or natural supplements like melatonin to help you fall and stay asleep. Your doctor will discuss the pros and cons of each and help you make an educated decision about their use.
When other methods fail to produce adequate sleep, you may need surgery to correct the issue, including:
Tonsillectomy—surgical removal of your tonsils
Adenoidectomy—surgical removal of your adenoids
Correction of a nasal deformity or injury