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Do you need help from a Sleep Medicine Doctor?

Who should see a sleep specialist?

1. Patients who complain of:

  •  Interrupted breathing during night sleep, a typical symptom of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)
  • Sudden awakenings with a sensation of gasping or choking
  • Daytime sleepiness and fatigue
  • Snoring
  • Irritability, depression, trouble concentrating, forgetfulness, lack of energy
  • Dry mouth or sore throat after awakening
  • Difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep
  • Restless sleep, including leg kicking, unpleasant sensation in the legs, or an urge to move the legs (signs of restless legs syndrome)
  • Acting out dreams, sleep walking, or sleep talking
  • Teeth grinding
  • Morning headache
  • Dry mouth, nasal congestion or sore throat after awakening
  • Fatigue, sleepiness, or a need for naps
  • Falling asleep later and later over time or earlier
  • Difficulty waking up in the morning
  • Depressed, groggy, irritable, or anxious mood
  • Trouble concentrating, forgetfulness, lack of energy
  • Sleepy while driving, falling asleep at red light
  • Children complaining of irritability, poor concentration, hyperactivity, or bed wetting

2.  Patients who do not complaint about sleep-related problems but belong to the “STOP-BANG” group and have 2 or more of the following:
S – snoring
T – tiredness
O – observed stopped breathing
P – blood pressure
B – increased body mass index (MBI) / badly obese
A – age greater than 50
N – large neck size (for men and women)
G – male gender

3. Patients with common medical conditions who fail to respond to usual treatments. 
Many people who have obstructive sleep apnea have no sleep complaints.  Early studies suggest that moderate to severe OSA goes undiagnosed in up to 93% of women and 82% of men who have it. Undiagnosed and untreated sleep disorders are strongly associated with, and contribute to the following common conditions:

  • Hypertension
  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • Diabetes
  • Arrhythmias Epilepsy
  • Cardiovascular Diseases
  • Epilepsy
  • Stroke
  • Mental and Physical Fatigue
  • Obesity
  • Depression
  • Heart disease
  • Atrial fibrillation
  • Headaches/migraines
  • Decreased libido
  • Erectile dysfunction

To find out more about certain sleep disorders and how our sleep clinic could help you, call our Forest Hills, NY office today at (718) 261-8881 or (855) 692-5577.

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