The symptoms of a sleep disorder can have a profound effect on someone's quality of life and ability to function. A careful assessment by a healthcare provider can help determine the cause of these problems and recommend an effective course of treatment to improve sleep quality and quantity.
When you are ready to seek help, a good place to start is with a primary care provider. They can conduct a preliminary exam and determine if any of your symptoms are related to a physical health issue. If they suspect or diagnose a sleep disorder, they can refer you to an appropriate specialist for further evaluation and treatment. If insomnia or nightmare disorder is diagnosed, treatment may include referral to a mental health provider who specializes in behavioral treatment of sleeping difficulty.