Sleep Disorders

Each year, millions of Americans suffer from sleep disturbances, which can have important ramifications on a person’s daily life. Sleep disorders can impact mood, interpersonal relationships, occupational function, ability to operate vehicles, and even medical illnesses such as heart disease, diabetes, and stroke.

Our Sleep Laboratory offers both diagnostic Polysomnography (sleep studies) as well as therapeutic Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) treatment. Our sleep studies conform to AASM (American Academy of Sleep Medicine) standards and reviewed by a dual Board Certified Sleep Neurologist. We provide expert consultation in all aspects of sleep disorders ranging from physiologic insomnia to severe sleep apnea. Our team is committed to providing the best possible care for you to achieve restful sleep.

Some common sleep disorders are:

Sleep Apnea

Sleep Apnea

Pauses in breathing that lead to a lack of oxygenation within the body and arousals of the brain. These episodes occur repeatedly throughout the course of a night, causing restless sleep with subsequent daytime drowsiness. Patients are often unaware of these “microarousals” that occur which lead to not only poor sleep but also worsening hypertension, cardiac arrhythmias, and possibly even a shorter life span. A sleep study is necessary to diagnose and treat sleep apnea.

Insomnia

Insomnia

The inability to fall asleep or stay asleep, which can impact a patient’s quality of life, ability to concentrate, and performance skills. There are many causes of insomnia with various treatment options available, but an expert consultation is needed to evaluate the potential underlying cause.

Restless Leg Syndrome

Restless Leg Syndrome

The urge to move one’s legs that is typically worse at night and improves with action. Patients often describe a creeping or crawling sensation that impairs the ability to sleep, which is called Periodic Limb Movement Disorder. A sleep study will help assess and evaluate this condition and provide diagnostic information for treatment.

Parasomnias

Parasomnias

Abnormal movements or behaviors that occur during sleep. They include sleepwalking, nightmares, sleep talking, bruxism (teeth grinding), bedwetting, and sleep terrors. A sleep study can help evaluate these conditions in hopes of providing effective treatment.

Narcolepsy

Narcolepsy

Uncommon condition that leads to excessive daytime sleepiness. It may be associated with brief episodes of muscle weakness without loss of consciousness, paralysis when awakening from sleep, and hallucinations when initiating sleep. Narcolepsy is evaluated in our lab with an overnight sleep study and a subsequent daytime “nap” test. Please inquire with our experts for further evaluation.