Posts Categorized: Sleep Disorders Center

How to Get a Good Night’s Rest

Numerous factors contribute to our ability to get a good night’s sleep, ranging from stress and day-to-day responsibilities to sudden life changes like a major illness or new job. Some people struggle to find consistent quality sleep. It’s not always possible to directly control interfering factors in sleep, but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing you... Read more »

How Can I Stop Snoring?

No one likes to think that they snore while sleeping, but in reality, about 45 percent of all normal adults snore on occasion. Snoring can be a nuisance and commonly creates issues with sleep for a spouse who cannot get a good night’s sleep. In addition, about 75 percent of snorers also have obstructive sleep... Read more »

Night Terrors in Children

Night terrors, also known as sleep terrors, are episodes of screaming, intense fear and flailing that take place while the sufferer is still asleep. They’re most common in children, particularly between ages 3 and 12 years old, but they can also be present in adults. Night terrors are not the same as nightmares—symptoms of night... Read more »

How EEGs are Used to Diagnose Neurological Disorders

Your brain cells communicate via electrical impulses, even while you sleep. Interruptions to these impulses can cause several problems in the brain. In order to diagnose the condition caused by these interruptions, your doctor will perform a test that detects electrical activity in the brain. This test is called an electroencephalogram, or an EEG. How... Read more »

Sleep Apnea: The Basics

Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder wherein breathing repeatedly stops and starts while sleeping. It can cause people to snore loudly, and they often feel tired even after a full night of sleep. What are the types of sleep apnea, and how can it be combatted? Types There are three common types of sleep apnea:... Read more »

I Can’t Sleep: Do I Have Insomnia?

Do you often have trouble getting to sleep, staying asleep or are unable to fall back to sleep after waking up early? You might have a sleep disorder known as insomnia. Insomnia affects sleep patterns, but this disorder can affect other aspects like energy levels, overall health and basic quality of life. Many adults experience... Read more »

Sleep Study FAQ

Sleep Study FAQ Q. What is a polysomnogram? A polysomnogram is a test that measures bodily functions during sleep. Each test will vary depending on the individual case.   Q. What kinds of things do polysomnograms measure? Depending on your circumstance, some measurements may include brain waves, heart beats, eye movements, muscle tension, leg movements, breathing, blood oxygen levels,... Read more »

Systemic Diseases Versus Localized Diseases

Bone Density Scan Because general internal medicine practitioners are highly skilled in solving often-perplexing diagnostic problems and treating severe chronic illnesses, they frequently find themselves caring for patients facing both local and systemic diseases simultaneously. Internists are specially trained to deal with whatever medical condition a patient presents, no matter how complex or rare, and they often do so... Read more »

You Can’t Have One without the Other: How Body Systems are Connected

The human body contains trillions of cells, 78 different organs and more than 60,000 miles of blood vessels if you stretched them end-to-end. Incredibly, all of these cells, vessels and organs work together to keep you alive. Each organ belongs to one of ten body systems. These body systems are interconnected and dependent upon one another to... Read more »

April Is Autism Awareness Month—What You Need to Know About ASD

Autism Awareness Month April is National Autism Awareness Month, a time devoted to education and acceptance while drawing attention to the tens of thousands of Americans that face an autism diagnosis each year. Autism is one form of autism spectrum disorders (ASDs), as is Asperger's syndrome, a disorder characterized by the lack of appropriate social skills. Autism affects... Read more »