SLEEP MEDICINE

Sleep disorders are medical problems that commonly affect up to 40% of the US population. Unfortunately, sleep problems are routinely overlooked by physicians, patients, and society in general. This leads to a significant under appreciation and under treatment of sleep apnea, insomnia, restless legs, etc. Also, sleep disorder sufferers have decreased quality of life, difficulty with concentration, and in some instances, increased health risks. For example, obstructive sleep apnea has been linked to high blood pressure, diabetes, heart arrhythmias, stroke, and other common medical problems.

Do you snore? Do you lose sleep because of your spouse’s snoring? Maybe you just don’t feel rested in the am, or maybe you can’t fall asleep.

These are all reasons that you may need to see Dr. C for a sleep consultation. Did you know that sleep disorders can be harmful to your general health too? It is known that uncontrolled blood pressure, strokes, heart disease and diabetes may be the result of untreated sleep disorders. Also, lack of quality sleep can lead to difficulties concentrating, mood disorders and even depression.

The most common sleep disorders are:
Sleep Apnea- Breathing difficulties during sleep (many times patients snore or gasp for air at night)
Insomnia- The inability to fall asleep or stay asleep
Narcolepsy- Overwhelming daytime sleepiness and involuntary “sleep attacks”
Restless Leg Syndrome- A tingling or prickly sensation in the legs which does not allow for quality sleep

Nightmares, night terrors, sleepwalking, sleep talking, head banging, wetting the bed and grinding your teeth are kinds of sleep problems called parasomnias. There are treatments for most sleep disorders, but it is usually necessary to have a proper evaluation and treatment by a board-certified sleep specialist, like Dr. C, to make the correct diagnosis and offer the proper treatment.

Choice Physicians offers in-house sleep studies in a comfortable and relaxed environment, directed by Dr. Ruiz, a sleep specialist. These studies are attended by a trained sleep technician. For a comprehensive sleep evaluation, please contact the office to schedule an appointment.