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Living with a sleep disorder can feel like you are fighting a losing battle. You may even begin to think that you will never be able to sleep well again. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Research continues to shed new light on the process of sleep. This helps doctors know how sleep disorders affect the human body. Once the source of a problem is found, it can then be treated. According to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, one of the treatments listed below just might be the solution to your sleep problem.

Bright light therapy
This is used to help treat disorders that result from a problem with the internal clock in your body. Two of these disorders are jet lag and advanced sleep phase.

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
These methods teach you how to change actions or thoughts that hurt your ability to sleep well. They will help you develop habits that promote a healthy pattern of sleep.

Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP)
This is the most common and effective way to treat obstructive sleep apnea. A steady stream of air blows through a mask and into the back of the throat to keep the airway open.

A number of drugs have been developed to help treat some sleep disorders. Always get help from a doctor before using any of these drugs.

As a nutritional supplement, melatonin is most effective in the treatment of certain circadian rhythm sleep disorders. These include jet lag, shift work and delayed sleep phase.

Oral appliances
Similar to sports mouth guards, these devices protect your teeth and open the airway as you sleep. They are used to treat bruxism, obstructive sleep apnea and snoring.

A number of surgical options are available to help people who suffer from severe cases of obstructive sleep apnea.

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