Sleep Disorders

Sleep Disorders

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Take the Sleep Apnea Quiz

When your sleep is upset throughout the night, you can be very sleepy during the day. Perhaps you have sleep apnea--a breathing disorder marked by many brief interruptions of breathing during sleep.

1. Sleep apnea is most common among women.
2. A person with moderate sleep apnea may temporarily stop breathing during sleep as many as 30 times an hour.
3. Snorting and gasping during sleep are symptoms of sleep apnea.
4. A person who snores always has sleep apnea.
5. Of the two forms of sleep apnea, central sleep apnea is much more common.
6. One way to help get a good night's sleep if you have sleep apnea is to take a sleeping pill.
7. Sleep apnea may be annoying, especially to those who have to listen to the snoring, but it's nothing to worry about.
8. One way to diagnose sleep apnea is to measure how quickly the person falls asleep during the day.
9. Surgery is the best treatment for sleep apnea.
Seven out of every ten Americans get out of bed in the morning unraveled and unrestored. Sometimes their sleep is disrupted because of life's stresses, illness, lifestyle excesses, or personal physical makeup. Untreated, these issues over time can develop into a chronic and serious disorder. Too often we tend to think that's just the way it is. But it doesn't have to be.

Some of the Disorders we diagnose and treat are:


• Snoring is the sound produced by obstructed breathing during sleep. People who snore have an increased risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke. More study is needed to determine whether those snorers at risk for more serious problems are people who have actual pauses in breathing while snoring, called sleep apnea.
• Sleep Apnea is a condition in which breathing is repeatedly interrupted during sleep. The time period for which the breathing stops or decreases is usually between 10 and 30 seconds. When these episodes occur repeatedly, sleep apnea can seriously disrupt the quality of sleep.
• Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) is a neurologic disorder. It is characterized by: Unpleasant sensations in the legs or an irresistible urge to move your legs
• Narcolepsy is a disorder of the nervous system. It results in frequent, involuntary, episodes of sleep during the day. Sleep attacks can occur while you drive, talk, or work.
• Insomnia is a poor quality sleep. This may mean a lack of sleep or difficulty staying asleep. Some have trouble falling asleep, or problems waking in the middle of the night or very early in the morning.

Remember, an untreated sleep disorder can seriously impact your health or even shorten your life. The price you pay for a bad night's sleep varies from poor perception and judgment, reduced efficiency or productivity, an irritable mood, even the inability to understand or retain information. A lack of sleep also makes you more susceptible to accidents.

Our physicians, who are board certified in Sleep Medicine, will diagnose the specific issue that's keeping you from a good night's sleep. We provide a broad range of services and treatments to get you back on the path to restorative sleep. And, should your diagnosis require equipment such as a CPAP machine, Valley Home Care staff can work closely with you and your physician to provide the equipment and support you need to be successful with your therapy.