Conditions We Treat
Sleep disorder is a term used for any condition that disrupts normal sleep-wake patterns. Such disorders may include, but are not limited to the following:
Snoring and Sleep Apnea
Snoring may be an indication of a serious sleep disorder called sleep apnea. People with this disorder stop breathing repeatedly during sleep - as many as several hundred times during the night. This results in multiple awakenings, which may cause sleepiness during waking hours. Headaches, high blood pressure, heart attacks and stroke have been associated with sleep apnea.
Sleep Apnea - Preventative Medicine
Sleep apnea affects more than just your sleep. The following are examples of how treating sleep apnea can positively affect your overall health:
- Sleep apnea is a risk factor for high blood pressure.
- Treating it can improve blood pressure levels.
- Treating sleep apnea can improve your overall mood and decrease symptoms of depression.
- Treating sleep apnea can improve congestive heart failure.
- Sexual dysfunction in men can improve when sleep apnea is properly treated.
- Treating sleep apnea can decrease the severity of acid reflux disease.
- Blood sugar control can improve with treatment of sleep apnea.
Insomnia is difficulty in initiating and/or maintaining sleep. It may result from a variety of causes, such as breathing difficulties or involuntary muscle movements during sleep. Altered sleep-wake schedules, environment, stress, depression or other psychological factors may contribute to insomnia.
Narcolepsy is characterized by persistent sleepiness during waking hours, which may interfere with functioning at work or school. This can occur despite adequate sleep. Some, but not all patients with narcolepsy experience symptoms such as vivid nightmares or hallucinations at sleep onset, a feeling of paralysis when falling asleep and/or a sudden muscle weakness during periods of emotion.
Restless Leg Syndrome/Periodic Limb Movement
Periodic limb movements are caused by involuntary muscle contractions during sleep, possibly resulting in insufficient sleep. Symptoms may include a crawling sensation or restless feeling in the legs prior to sleep onset. This condition may occur independently or in conjunction with other medical disorders, such as anemia or renal failure.
Irregular Sleep-Wake Schedule
When the regular pattern of sleeping and waking is disrupted due to shift work, jet lag or other factors, some people find it difficult to resume a sleep-wake schedule that fits their needs. Some cases of insomnia or daytime sleepiness may result from changes in the sleep-wake schedule.
Other conditions we treat:
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