We specialize in diagnosing and treating many types of sleep disorders.
Sleep apnea is the cessation of breathing for a period of ten seconds or more. It is characterized by snoring or choking /gasping for breath during sleep, daytime sleepiness and morning headaches. The occurrence of sleep apnea has been linked to high blood pressure, stroke and heart disease. The condition is treatable, and the treatment can reduce the risks associated with sleep apnea.
Insomnia is the inability to go to sleep or stay asleep. Insomnia primarily occurs in individuals who are under a moderate amount of stress, work long hours, travel at lot, or suffer from depression or pain. Those with insomnia who do not seek treatment are more likely to have psychiatric problems, high blood pressure, and trouble with memory and logical reasoning.
RLS is characterized by discomfort or pain in the legs especially when lying down or trying to sleep. It can lead to sleep disruptions such as tossing and turning, or pacing. PLMD is the movement or twitching of the legs during sleep that can sometimes awaken the individual. These conditions respond well to medical treatment. If left untreated, they can lead to exhaustion and strained relationships.
Narcolepsy occurs when the brain doesn't accurately interpret when to sleep and when to be awake. It is due to the lack of a chemical that regulates sleep and can cause excessive daytime sleepiness, weakness with intense emotions, and vivid or scary dreams when falling asleep. There are many treatment options available that can improve alertness and the ability to resume an active lifestyle.
While sleep apnea, PLMD, and continuous agonizing drowsiness account for 95% of all sleep disorders, others do exist. Among them are parasomnias: sleep walking, sleep talking, bruxism/teeth grinding and poor sleep hygiene/sleep habits. Talk with your physician or a sleep professional if you are concerned about any of these symptoms or disorders. Sleep disorders are treatable and healthy sleep can change your life.