Sleep is so obvious, it is often overlooked, even by physicians. However, sleep is as fundamental as diet and exercise to human health. Sleep disorders are often associated with other chronic conditions like diabetes and hypertension, and they can add complexity and even accelerate these conditions if untreated.
According to a 2009 poll released by the National Sleep Foundation, two out of every 10 Americans sleep less than six hours a night. People sleeping too few hours report being too tired to work efficiently, to exercise or to eat healthy. Nearly 40% of those sleeping too few hours have driven when drowsy at least once a month in the past year, and nearly 90% report symptoms of insomnia at least a few nights a week in the past month.
The SMH Sleep Disorders Center can evaluate and treat many sleep disorders to return you to a restful night’s sleep. Founded in 1986 and the first accredited sleep center on the Northshore, it offers the community the most highly skilled physicians and specialists studied in the science of sleep, combined with the resources of SMH.
With a private home-like setting, the Sleep Center can help diagnose and treat sleep disorders such as sleep apnea, snoring, insomnia and difficulties staying awake or adhering to a consistent sleep/wake cycle. The Sleep Disorders Center sees patients through physician referral as well as self-referred patients.
Sleep Apnea Syndrome — Caused by a collapse of the airway in the back of the throat, preventing air from getting to the lungs and causing the person to stop breathing intermittently. The intervals can last from 10 seconds to a minute or longer, disrupting healthy sleep and causing a number of short-term and long-term effects that threaten the health and well being of those who suffer from the condition.
Periodic Limb Movements of Sleep (PLMS) — Repetitive cramping or twitching of the legs during sleep. These jerks usually occur every 20-40 seconds. This should not be confused with Restless Leg Syndrome. RLS occurs while awake as well as sleeping.
Narcolepsy — Daytime sleepiness and sudden attacks of sleep. Often having trouble staying awake for long periods of time. This may also cause muscular weakness when angry, surprised or amused.
Conditional Insomnia — The inability to sleep or to stay asleep for long periods of time. There are many causes of insomnia. The following are the most common causes of conditional insomnia:
For more information or to receive a comprehensive Sleep Self-Quiz by mail, contact the SMH Sleep Disorders Center at (985) 280-8823.