Every day one third or more of the population suffers from some sleep problem. You or someone you know likely has a sleep disorder that's diminishing your/their quality of life.
Have you had loud snoring, stop breathing while asleep, awakenings from gasping for air, frequent nighttime awakenings, constant fatigue, strange feeling in legs, restless sleep, falling asleep suddenly during the day, trouble sleeping at night? These symptoms could indicate a sleep disorder.
Sleep is a restorative process not only for the brain, but it is important for the health of the entire body. Chronic sleep disturbances can impact not only your mood/mental health, but your health in general. Many studies have shown close relationship to other chronic illnesses such as heart problems, diabetes, and depression.
Sleepless nights, excessive daytime sleepiness, and fatigue are regular complaints we hear in our primary care clinics. Sleep disorders are closely associated with many other medical illnesses and proper treatment can change one’s life significantly.
Our sleep clinic offers complete evaluation and treatment focusing on long term solutions for the full range of sleep disorders. The sleep doctors at Arch Health Medical Group take the time to develop personalized treatments to help you achieve quality sleep. Common sleep disorders include sleep apnea, narcolepsy, insomnia, and sleep related movement disorders such as restless leg syndrome.
We work closely with Palomar Sleep Lab and other local facilities who offer home sleep apnea tests or in-lab polysomnogram (full overnight sleep study) to help diagnosis sleep disorders.
Many primary care doctors can help with short-term relief for insomnia but if you have a sleep disorder such as sleep apnea that remains undiagnosed many medications prescribed (such as Melatonin, Ambien, and Trazodone) may not work. Additionally, drug free insomnia treatment such as cognitive behavior therapy for insomnia has been highly effective therapy for patients.
If you have been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea in the past, but have trouble using the CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure or other PAP) device we work closely with you and companies, who provide trained Respiratory therapist to help with mask desensitization. Annually, new products are developed and PAP devices are modified to overcome compliance barriers such as mask or pressure discomfort. Not all sleep apnea patients are created equally, although PAP therapy is most common form of treatment, some patients may benefit more from oral appliances, surgical intervention, or other alternative therapy.
The problem of obesity has increased the incidence of sleep apnea in adults and children. Dr. Mashayekhi’s specialty training includes pediatric sleep medicine at Texas Children’s Hospital not only for sleep apnea, but also other disorders such as sleep terrors, restless leg syndrome, behavioral sleep disorders, etc. Using behavioral modification plans such as scheduled awakening and positive reinforcement may be helpful in some cases. In the case of sleep apnea patient may need evaluation by an Ear, Nose, and Throat Surgeon or benefit from PAP therapy.
There are many types of sleep disorders in addition to insomnia and sleep apnea, below is a list of common disorders that may be contributing to your sleep disturbances. It is critical to have the correct diagnosis and work with a qualified physician to develop a treatment plan. Make your appointment today if you think you may be suffering from one of the sleep disorders below.
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