Dennis B. Kottler, MD

Westlake Village, CA

Appointments:   818-991-8376 


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See also:  "Sleep: Difference is Day and Night"

There are many variations in sleep pattern.  Some individuals do very well with 6 hours of sleep, while others seem to "require" 9 hours.   Bedtimes and wake times also seem to vary considerably among different individuals.

Whatever the pattern, sleep should be restorative.  A person should awaken refreshed and motivated to start the day.  If this is not the case, the problem may lie with the duration and quality of sleep or the insidious development of a "sleep deficit."  This problem occurs when sleep is short-changed over a period of time. 

The effects of a "sleep deficit" may not be apparent for weeks or months, but at some point, the person may experience depressed mood, decreased motivation, irritability, daytime tiredness, difficulty concentrating, impaired judgment, and various aching joints and muscles.  These symptoms can be mistaken for mood or anxiety disorders or other medical illnesses.  


A few helpful tips:

When lack of sleep, excessive sleep, or poor quality sleep persists, consider medical consultation.   Sleep problems can also result from a number of primary psychiatric as well as medical conditions and these need to be properly diagnosed and treated. 

Resist the temptation to depend on the regular use of over the counter sleep aids.   These medications do not solve the problem and can sometimes perpetuate poor sleep patterns as well as daytime drowsiness.  And just because a medication is available over the counter does not mean that it doesn't have potentially serious side effects.

Suggested Readings

Article by Author:  "Why We Can't Sleep and What We Can Do About It"

Article by Author:  "Sleep Doesn't Just Happen at Night"

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Appointments:   818-991-8376