Because Quality Sleep Matters
Quality sleep is a vital part of your health and daily life. Our sleep physicians specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders, and they are dedicated to providing you personalized, high quality care.
If you’re experiencing sleep problems, a sleep study might be necessary to diagnose sleep apnea or other type of sleep disorder. From there, our physicians will provide you with the appropriate treatment for healthy sleep.
Do you have a sleep disorder?
Many people have trouble sleeping at one time or another. Sometimes it’s temporary, but it can often be a regular occurrence that interferes with your daily life.
Do you feel irritable or tired during the day?
Do you fall asleep or feel drowsy when driving?
Are you often told you look tired?
Do you have difficulty concentrating?
Do you depend on caffeine to keep going through the day?
Have you noticed you have a slow reaction time?
Are you having trouble staying awake when watching television or reading?
Do you snore?
Are you restless during the night?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may have a sleep disorder. The only way to know for sure is to take a sleep study.
A sleep study is an overnight, non-invasive exam that allows doctors to monitor what happens in your brain and body while you sleep. Taking a sleep study in an accredited sleep center is considered the “gold standard” in diagnosing a sleep disorder.
Are sleep disorders serious?
Because they can take a toll on your health and well being, sleep disorders should be taken seriously. They can affect your mood, energy and lower your productivity. They can also lead to memory problems and weight gain. Obstructive Sleep Apnea can be especially serious as it is associated with high blood pressure, heart attacks, headaches and fatigue. Sleepwalking can cause people to put themselves in danger by engaging in activities such as driving, walking onto a road, or leaving their home while sleeping.
Common Sleep Disorders
It is estimated that sleep disorders affect approximately 50-70 million US adults. Identifying potential sleep disorders is an important part of your overall health. Here are the most common types of sleep disorders:
Insomnia– People with insomnia have trouble falling or staying asleep, often caused by underlying factors such as stress, jet lag, medications, anxiety, depression, or too much caffeine.
Sleep Apnea – Those who have sleep apnea temporarily stop breathing during sleep, causing frequent awakening. It causes exhaustion, irritability, depression and lower productivity. Sleep apnea is a serious problem because it increases your risk for high blood pressure, heart attacks, diabetes and stroke.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome – This usually occurs in overweight, middle aged men and is characterized by extremely loud snoring.
Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) – People who have this disorder experience a compelling urge to move their arms or legs at night, usually when resting or lying down. They complain of uncomfortable, tingling sensations which disrupt their sleep
Narcolepsy – This condition is indicated by uncontrollable sleepiness during the day. The sleeping and waking mechanism of the brain does not function properly and causes a tendency to fall asleep in the middle of activities such as talking, working or driving.
REM Sleep Behavior Disorder – This disorder is distinguished by abnormal behavior during REM sleep. Those with this condition respond to dreams by engaging in physical activities associated with waking, such as sleep talking, shouting, screaming, hitting or jumping out of bed.
Sleepwalking – Results in walking or performing complex activities while asleep. It’s more common in children but also affects adults. It may be triggered by sleep deprivation, certain medications, illnesses or alcohol. The sleepwalker usually remains in a deep sleep and is difficult to awaken.