Category: Sleep Disorders


Too Sleepy

Excessive daytime sleepiness is otherwise known as hypersomnia.

There are a variety of primary sleep conditions that can cause this symptom. These include such conditions as narcolepsy, idiopathic hypersomnia, obstructive sleep apnea, periodic limb movements of sleep, and behaviorally induced insufficient sleep. Of course, this symptom can also be caused by medications and chronic medical conditions. A thorough sleep evaluation as necessary to assess the cause.


Have your legs ever felt uncomfortable at night?

Restless Leg SyndromeHave your legs ever felt uncomfortable at night? That creepy, crawly, hard to explain feeling? Did you have growing pains when you were younger. These symptoms may be a reflection of restless legs syndrome or RLS. Often at times, this may make it difficult to fall asleep at night, making you exhausted in the morning. At times, you may feel your legs “kicking” you out of sleep. These movements are called periodic limb movements of sleep (PLMS) which can coexist with restless legs syndrome. RLS is essentially what you are feeling and PLMS are the motor manifestations. Sometimes, PLMS coexist without RLS. Both can be associated with low iron stores, kidney or liver dysfunction, or genetic predisposition. Both also have been recently linked to high blood pressure. Many people with RLS will have family members with RLS too. At times, RLS can be confused or misdiagnosed as “sciatica” or neuropathy. Both RLS and PLMS can be treated with medication or natural supplementation. If you feel that you may have this condition, please give our office a call for a consultation.


Have you ever been told that you snore?

Have you ever been told that you snore? Are you sleepy and tired during the day? Do you have a dry mouth and/or a headache in the morning? Are you suffering from a poor memory?  These may be signs of sleep apnea. Sleep apnea may be obvious when you hear your partner gasp for breathe at night, but this is not the case in many instances. It often goes undiagnosed in many people for years.

In sleep apnea your airway collapses when you breathe in which, in turn, deprives your body of oxygen and causes your heart rate and blood pressure to increase. The consequences of sleep apnea include a significant increase in stroke, heart attack, high blood pressure, diabetes mellitus, poor memory/confusion, depression and even increased risk of cancer.  Because of this, treatment becomes very important.

There are a variety of options for treatment which include the following:  continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP), oral appliance, positional therapy, weight loss, and surgery. To see which option is right for you, make an appointment with our office for a consultation.