Millions of Americans are affected by numerous sleeping disorders that affect their physical and mental health, often interfering with their ability to drive safely or function normally during the day. Poor sleeping has also been linked to high blood, stroke, congestive heart failure and many other medical conditions.
Raulerson Hospital offers a Sleep Disorders Laboratory dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of Sleep Disorders, including sleep apnea, narcolepsy, periodic limb movements and insomnia. The Sleep Lab is equipped with the latest technology in diagnostic equipment and is staffed with highly trained, credentialed physicians and technologists.
Sleep Apnea is a disorder of breathing during sleep. Typically it is accompanied by loud snoring. Apnea during sleep consists of brief periods throughout the night in which breathing stops. People with sleep apnea do not get enough oxygen during sleep.
Narcolepsy is a chronic disorder affecting the brain where regulation of sleep and wakefulness take place. People with narcolepsy can fall asleep while at work, talking, and driving a car for example. These "sleep attacks" can last from 30 seconds to more than 30 minutes. They may also experience periods of cataplexy (loss of muscle tone) ranging from a slight buckling at the knees to a complete, "rag doll" limpness throughout the body.
Periodic Limb Movement
Periodic limb movement disorder (PLMD) is a sleep disorder characterized by rhythmic movements of the limbs during sleep. The movements typically involve the legs, but upper extremity movements may also occur. Movements occur periodically throughout the night and can fluctuate in severity from one night to the next. They tend to cluster in episodes that last anywhere from a few minutes to several hours. These movements are very different from the normal spasms, called hypnic myoclonia, that we often experience initially while trying to fall asleep.
Many things can cause insomnia. Insomnia is not a disorder, it is a complaint. The goal is to find the underlying problem causing the complaint. Almost any sleep disorder can present itself as insomnia including circadian disorders, sleep apnea, restless legs, and the list goes on. So ruling out a sleep disorder can be important. Life events can cause insomnia but it is usually temporary. Anxiety about falling asleep can also be responsible, however, if the anxiety is due to a long history of insomnia, the anxiety is probably not the problem and you need to find out what is the underlying cause. Once sleep is restored to normal the anxiety will usually go away. Physical problems such as pain can be the underlying cause.
For information about our sleep studies:
Please call (863) 824-2713 or (863) 763-2151 ext. 2713.
For appointments (Physician prescription required):
Please call (863) 824-2742 or (863) 2151, ext. 2742.