Sleep Disorders Treatment
The Sleep Disorders Centers at Baptist provide diagnostic services and treatment to patients who show symptoms of a sleep disorder. Across the system, over 5,000 studies are performed annually. More than 80 sleep disorders can affect sleep. Common disorders monitored in the sleep center are obstructive sleep apnea, snoring, periodic limb movements, narcolepsy and insomnia. Some studies indicate that chronic sleep loss also may contribute to diabetes, heart disease, obesity and other age-related chronic disorders. The Baptist Sleep Disorders Centers treat a variety of sleep-related problems:
- Obstructive Sleep Apnea is a nighttime breathing disorder. Signs of this disorder include loud snoring, abnormal breathing and excessive daytime sleepiness. Lung problems, heart problems and stroke may complicate this disorder. Sleep apnea has been linked to serious cardiovascular problems.
- Restless Legs Syndrome and Periodic Limb Movement Disorder are discomforts or twitching in the legs that occurs after going to bed causing sleep disruption. The restless legs syndrome can be seen in up to 30 percent of patients older than age 65.
- Narcolepsy is a disorder of excessive daytime sleepiness, characterized by sudden and uncontrollable attacks of deep sleep.
- Parasomnias are disruptive sleep-related behaviors that range from night terrors to sleep walking.
- Insomnia is the chronic inability to fall asleep or remain asleep for an adequate length of time.
If you think you might have a sleep disorder, download, print, and maintain this sleep diary to log activities relevant to your sleep quality. Having this information ready will help our sleep experts with diagnosing and treating your disorder.
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