Conditions We Treat
Sleep disorders that shorten sleep time or disrupt sleep can place you at a higher risk for weight gain, depression, high blood pressure, changes in blood sugar, heart disease, stroke and fatigue-related accidents.
Sleep Apnea, a disruption of breathing while asleep, is a deceiving sleep disorder. Ninety percent of people who have sleep apnea don’t know they have it. Although episodes of choking or gasping for air might occur hundreds of times throughout the night, you may not have any recollection of struggling for breath.
Usually it is the bed partner who first notices that the person is struggling to breathe. Left untreated it can increase the risk of weight gain, hypertension, heart disease, stroke, diabetes and fatigue related accidents.
Common Signs and Symptoms of Sleep Disorders
- Morning headaches
- Irregular breathing or gasping during sleep
- Waking numerous times during sleep
- Excessive daytime sleepiness (falling asleep in meetings or while driving, feeling sleepy after lunch, etc.)
- Legs jump and move when you're trying to sleep
- Waking up after a full night's sleep and not feeling rested
Mark's Struggle with Sleep Apnea
Mark's snoring always disrupted his wife Susan’s sleep, but she became worried when she noticed that he seemed to stop breathing periodically at night and wake up gasping for breath, only to fall back asleep and start the process again. Mark occasionally remembered waking up during the night, but he did not remember the gasps in breathing. He and Susan did, however, know that they were both exhausted during the day.
Ask your doctor for a referral to the Phoebe Sleep Disorders Center and we will assist you with an consultation appointment with one of our sleep physicians. The Sleep Center will also assist you in working with your insurance company to determine benefits. For more information, call (229) 312-1220.