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Need more sleep? You’re not alone.

For parents, back to school time means children’s bedtime becomes a top priority. But kids are not the only ones who need to get into a bedtime routine in order to get some good winks.

The physicians at the Center for Sleep Health at Truman Medical Centers/University Health treat patients for a variety of sleep disorders:

  • Insomnia is when a person has difficulty falling asleep.
  • Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that involves a person repeatedly stopping breathing during the night.
  • Restless leg syndrome is a condition where a relentless urge to move his or her legs keeps a person awake.

Doctors know patients have certain pre-conceived notions that keep them from getting help for their sleep issues. As mentioned above, aging isn’t the end of quality sleep. Common myths are that sleep apnea only affects men, and that continuous positive airway pressure, or CPAP, machines are still bulky and obtrusive.

To make an appointment in the Sleep Center, call 816-404-0848. A referral from your primary care physician is not necessary for a clinic visit.

After an in-person or virtual visit, the sleep specialist may order an overnight sleep study. TMC/UH partners with two hotels (the Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center in downtown Kansas City, Missouri and Stoney Creek Hotel in Independence) so that your test can be conducted in a more natural and comfortable setting.

Once a sleep medicine specialist analyzes the results of your sleep study, he or she will come up with a treatment plan to ensure you’re on the way to a better quality of sleep.

Here are some healthy tips:

Create a sleep routine. Take a bath or shower, read a book, meditate, or do the same relaxing activity around the same time every night.

Reduce your caffeine intake.

Don’t stress about it. Anxiety about not being able to sleep creates a cycle of sleepless nights.

And exercise. Moving your body during the day can help you rest more fully at night.