Diagnosing Sleep Disorders
Approximately 40 million Americans suffer from chronic sleep disorders. Ninety-five percent of those are undiagnosed. People who have sleep disorders may experience daytime sleepiness, fatigue, irritability, depression, reduced concentration and memory, frequent illnesses, lost productivity, and increased work place accidents or automobile accidents. Sleep disorders such as sleep apnea, narcolepsy, periodic limb movement disorder and restless legs syndrome may cause these problems.
There are over 80 different sleep disorders that can be diagnosed. In many cases the symptoms of one sleep disorder can be the same as another. For that reason, an overnight sleep study is important in helping us determine what is causing your symptoms. Our team of Board Certified Sleep Specialists reviews each study to insure the correct diagnosis is made. Common sleep disorders include:
- Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a condition that occurs when a person is unable to breath normally due to tissue in the upper-airway blocking the normal passage of air to the lungs. Common symptoms include snoring, daytime fatigue and sleepiness, and difficulty falling or staying asleep. OSA is also associated with increased risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, and depression.
- Restless Leg Syndrome
Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) is typically described as an urge to move the feet or legs. It often causes difficulty falling or staying asleep, and may be associated with leg movements during sleep, called Periodic Limb Movement Disorder. We monitor for these leg movements during a sleep study.
Narcolepsy is characterized by daytime sleepiness. For some patients, the sleepiness associated with narcolepsy impairs work or school performance, as well as other daily activities
Insomnia simply refers to a group of conditions that cause problems falling asleep or staying asleep with next day fatigue or tiredness. Some sleep disorders, such as OSA and RLS, can be the cause of difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep.
Snoring is the sound that occurs during sleep when flow of air is obstructed in the area where the tongue and upper throat meet the soft palate and uvula. Snoring noises occur when these structures vibrate against each other during breathing.
These are only a few of the sleep disorders that we evaluate and treat in the Sleep Disorders Center. If you have questions about a sleep disorder not listed here, we have a variety of educational brochures available. Feel free to ask you technologist for one during you study.
Treating Sleep Disorders
Fortunately, once your sleep disorder is diagnosed, there are treatment options available. The appropriate treatment option will depend on the specific sleep disorder, but is customized to your individual needs as well. Part of our mission is to help your physician find the therapy specific to your needs so that you can sleep better at night and be more awake and alert during the day.
- We work with you and your physician to develop a treatment plan and provide follow-up
- We offer night, day, and weekend sleep evaluations
- Board certified sleep specialists and registered sleep technologists
- All metro facilities are Accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine