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
- 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:
- Atrial Fibrillation
- Arrhythmias Epilepsy
- Cardiovascular Diseases
- Mental and Physical Fatigue
- Heart disease
- Atrial fibrillation
- Decreased libido
- Erectile dysfunction
Find your cure for insomnia with Advanced Medical Care
While asleep, our nervous system and mind chill out. However, even during deep sleep, our body still works to repair functionality, the brain – to sort information we’ve received during the day, and the immune system – to release cytokines for your health protection. Thus, sleep disturbances are quite dangerous and can be transient symptoms of overwork and exhaustion or signs of serious medical conditions that need adequate treatment immediately.
There are lots of curing solutions for restoring the quality of sleep. It may include managing your sleep habits, reduce stress, take the right medicines. And while you can apply relaxation techniques, change your schedule, limit caffeine, start doing physical exercises without a sleep specialist, it is recommended to avoid self-therapy, as you can harm your health even more. Our Advanced Sleep Care staff will help you to detect the causes and deal with sleeping troubles efficiently.
But when is the right time to make an appointment, and what is a sleep doctor's main purpose? A specialist must diagnose and treat insufficient sleep troubles, identifying the leading causes and developing a curing program. Don’t ignore your insomnia, as it may provoke many pathological conditions of internal organs, including arterial high blood pressure, various metabolic disorders, central nervous system diseases, breathing issues, and even mental illness.
Who needs sleep specialist assistance and why you shouldn’t ignore insomnia?
Without adequate diagnosis and therapy, a patient may experience the following consequences that significantly will affect almost all aspects of life:
- Stress and emotional strain. Not getting enough sleep leads to increased levels of the stress hormone cortisol which can cause irritability, disturbance, depression.
- Excess weight. Most people due to a lack of sleep gain weight and suffer from obesity, as some studies show that after a sleepless night, a person tends to choose higher-calorie foods and is more likely to overeat.
- Premature aging. Insomnia interferes with the recovery processes and leads to faster body aging.
- Neurological disorders. There are still controversies among scientists whether poor sleep leads to Alzheimer's disease or, conversely, dementia causes sleep problems.
- Mental activity. Sleep disturbance drains the nervous system and prevents you from thinking clearly. Long-term insomnia is a prior condition for many mental disorders. If you notice sudden mood swings, memory lapses, fatigue, weakening of attention, and impairment of thinking ability, you must immediately contact a specialist.
If any of the mentioned above symptoms start to bother you, do not self-medicate with sedative or sleeping pills.
What is a sleep specialist opinion on depression?
Depression is characterized by a pathologically low mood with a negative and pessimistic life perception. Sleep issues go hand-in-hand with depression which is possible to explain by chemical processes that occur in the nervous system and brain. Thus, a lack of motivation and energy can degrade your self-esteem and ruin your future. Treatment of sleep disorders can ease the feelings of severe despondency and dejection in patients.
Insomnia and chronic pain
Patients with habitual sleeplessness may get stuck in a vicious circle: chronic pain leads to insomnia, and insomnia in turn increases pain. Moreover, in more than half of the cases, people suffer from headaches (primarily migraines).
Diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders
The first thing to do when dealing with insomnia is to determine the existing problems and identify medical treatment options to beat insomnia and get rid of consequences it may cause with the help of an Advanced Medical Care sleep specialist.
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.