|Ideally, you spend a third of your
life in bed. The quality of your sleep affects every other
aspect of your life – from your ability to concentrate at
work, to your relationship with others, and even your
overall health. Why not make the most of your sleep, so that
you can greet each day rested, relaxed, rejuvenated and
ready to maximize your life. Let the experts at Texas
Pulmonary Sleep Center help you find the key to better
SLEEP DISORDERS—OUR SPECIALTY
Did you know there are many different causes of
excessive sleepiness and insomnia? The medical risks associated with sleep disorders can
be significant, including heart disease, stroke, hypertension – even
automobile accidents. Solving sleeping problems can lead to better
health by helping to reduce the risk of other issues.
THE MOST COMMON SLEEP DISORDERS INCLUDE:
OBSTRUCTIVE SLEEP APNEA
With apnea, your breathing airway collapses and reopens many times each
hour, slowing the flow of air to your lungs and causing you to stop
breathing momentarily. Apnea, which affects as many as 18 million
Americans, is usually treatable with Continuous Positive Airway Pressure
(CPAP) technology, which maintains a gentle flow of air. Snoring is
virtually eliminated and you sleep more soundly.
Insomnia is an inability to initiate or maintain sleep that affects
approximately 60 million Americans. Insomnia increases with age and
affects 40% of women and 30% of men. Chronic sleep loss can impair work
performance and result in mood disorders. Insomnia results from various
factors that when evaluated and properly managed can result in improved
quality and quantity of sleep.
Narcolepsy is a life-long neurological condition that may affect as many
as 200,000 Americans, causing excessive sleepiness during the day. Some
patients may accidentally fall asleep frequently, even though they
appear to function normally. We use a combination of Polysomnography (PSG)
and a Multiple Sleep Latency Test (MSLT) to diagnose narcolepsy.
Treatment may include medications or behavioral changes such as
regulating sleep times.
RESTLESS LEGS SYNDROME
Patients with Restless Leg Syndrome (RSL) often have an uncontrolled and
compelling need to move during sleep, which can be accompanied by a
sensation of burning, itching or electric current. This is usually
caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain or iron deficiency, and can
be success-fully treated with behavioral changes and medications.