Sleep Disorders

In a study published in Europe in 2014, sleep apnea was found in half of the women tested between the ages of 20 and 70.

Obstructive sleep apnea can cause you to awaken at night to urinate.

If you have diabetes, you should be screened for obstructive sleep apnea. If you have obstructive sleep apnea, you should be screened for diabetes.

The Nobel Prize was recently awarded to three circadian rhythm scientists.

Driving while sleepy is as dangerous as driving while inebriated.

OSA can be treated in many ways - not just CPAP.

Many people with sleep apnea are not sleepy.

If you take two or more medications for high blood pressure, you should consider having a sleep study.

There are nearly 85 known sleep disorders.

One in three people has a sleep disorder, yet 95% of these disorders remain undiagnosed and untreated.

Sleep Apnea

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) Apnea means "want of breath" and patients with this condition often stop breathing hundreds of times every night.
When you stop breathing, your brain sends a signal to your body to wake up. Even if you don't remember waking up your sleep cycle is disrupted. These frequent awakenings at night can cause sleepiness during the day. Snoring and choking or gasping while you sleep are common symptoms. OSA symptoms can be different in women. Women will sometimes complain of morning headaches, lack of energy during the day and even trouble falling asleep. There are several treatment options available for OSA. It's best to talk with your health care provider about which treatment option is best for you.

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Restless Leg Syndrome

Restless Legs Syndrome or RLS is best described as having an overwhelming urge to move your legs. You may also feel burning or itching inside your legs.
Typically these discomforts are relieved by walking around. Patients with RLS will complain that these symptoms are worse at night. The urge to move your legs at night may go unnoticed; however, it can disrupt your sleep. Low levels of iron in your blood, diabetes and some medications have been linked to RLS. Women are twice as likely to have RLS as men. If you think you have RLS, talk to your health care provider.

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Narcolepsy symptoms typically emerge in patients between the ages of 10 and 20. The most common symptom of narcolepsy is excessive daytime sleepiness.
This is a common symptom in other sleep disorders, which makes sleep testing even more important in these cases. Cataplexy, intense dream-like hallucinations while falling asleep, and sleep paralysis are other symptoms of narcolepsy. Narcolepsy can run in your family, but most cases are not genetically related. Typically, medication is used to treat narcolepsy along with lifestyle changes. If you think you have narcolepsy, talk with your health care provider.

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Insomnia occurs when you have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep. Anyone can have insomnia, but it is more common and more frequent in older adults, women, and people under stress.
Some medical and mental health problems, such as other sleep disorders, can also cause or worsen the frequency of insomnia. Medications, both prescription and over-the-counter, can be taken to treat insomnia. However, many sleeping pills are not meant to be used long term and may have side effects. You should speak to your healthcare provider about any sleeping pills you have been prescribed or purchased over-the-counter. If you think you have insomnia, talk to your health care provider.

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What to expect during your sleep study

A sleep study, or polysomnogram, is similar to an EEG or ECG study, but makes 16 different measurements in your brain or body for the entire time you are asleep.
This test is not invasive; the electrodes are resting on the skin attached by a special adhesive and tape. These tests begin at night and last through the morning, as would a normal night of sleep.

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A good nights sleep starts with good sleep hygiene

The following are suggested tips to help you get the rest you need.

  • Go to bed at the same time each night and get up
  • at a similar time each morning. This strengthens the biological rhythm that controls the sleep-wake cycle. If bed times vary significantly on work-nights versus nights off, then the body's rhythms are disrupted, much like jet lag. People need an average of eight hours of sleep per night.
  • Go to bed only when you are sleepy.
  • If you cannot fall asleep...

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Common questions and answers about CPAP

Why Does Sleep Apnea Require Treatment?
Sleep apnea is well known to fragment sleep and cause daytime sleepiness. Untreated sleep apnea

puts significant stress on the heart, lungs, and blood pressure. If left untreated for many years, sleep apnea significantly increases the risk of stroke, heart attack and high blood pressure. Obstructive Sleep Apnea is one of the loudest "silent killers" known to medicine. In addition, the symptoms of daytime sleepiness have been associated with an increased number of automobile accidents...

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What parents should know about OSA in children

There are two types of sleep apnea, obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea. Obstructive Sleep Apnea OSA occurs when

the tissue in the back of the throat collapses and partially or completely blocks the airway during sleep. This keeps air from getting into the lungs. This is a very common sleep disorder. It happens because the muscles inside the throat relax as you sleep. Blockage of the airway can happen a few times a night or several hundred times per night. Central Sleep Apnea CSA occurs when the brain fails to tell the lungs to breathe during sleep. As this signal is lost, the lungs do not take in the oxygen that your body needs. This condition is less common than OSA...

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Patient Videos

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Sleep Apnea in Children
Sleep Hygiene

About Sleep Disorders

Sleep is a pillar of health and is as important, as good diet and regular exercise, to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Practicing good sleep hygiene can make a big impact on the quality and quantity of sleep achieved. If practicing good sleep hygiene still leaves you feeling tired during the day, it's time to speak with you doctor about your sleep. Unfortunately, millions of Americans are poor sleepers. In fact, there are more than 80 known sleep disorders, most of which remain undiagnosed in those affected. The good news is that sleep disorders can be diagnosed accurately and treated effectively.

Sleep Disorder Solutions

Speaking with your physician is the first step to getting a better night's sleep. Your physician can evaluate your sleep health, medical history, and symptoms to determine if a sleep study is right for you. Sleep Studies are non-invasive procedures that observe your sleep stages and monitor several vital functions of your body as you sleep. If testing indicates some form of therapy, the sleep specialist will make treatment recommendations to your referring physician. Occasionally, you could also be referred to a sleep specialist for treatment.

  • Talk to your physician about your sleep & any symptoms you may be having.
  • Get tested. Find a testing location here >
  • Find a treatment solution that best works for you. Therapy adherence is important to maintaining sleep health.

Home Sleep Testing:

Home Sleep testing is best for patients with a high probability for simple sleep apnea. Certain medical conditions may prohibit home sleep testing. If other sleep disorders are suspected, an in-lab sleep study may be a better option for you. For more information on this program visit our Home Sleep Testing page.

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