Sleep Medicine at ENTACC
Everyone experiences occasional problems with sleep. Approximately, 40 million Americans experience these long term sleep disorders that are serious enough to interfere with normal physical, mental, social and emotional functioning; 20 million more experience occasional sleep problems.
Disruptions in Sleep can be caused by a variety of disorders – most common are:
- Sleep apnea (stop breathing during sleep)
- Snoring (obstructed breathing)
- Insomnia (chronic inability to sleep)
- Narcolepsy (excessive inappropriate sleepiness)
- Excessive Daytime Sleepiness (EDS)
- Periodic Limb Movements of Sleep (PLMS)
There are more than 70 different sleep disorders. Ignoring a sleep disorder can cause poor health, lethargy, and may negatively impact relationships and job performance. Most of them can be managed successfully once they are diagnosed. Improving your sleep habits and talking with an ENTACC physician about persistent sleep problems can help you to achieve a good night’s sleep.
Diagnostic Testing and Treatments
Symptoms of Sleep Problems
Everyone experiences occasional problems with sleep. A sleep disorder, however, is a chronic medical disorder of a person’s sleep patterns. On Average, 40 million Americans experience chronic and long term sleep disorders; 20 million more experience occasional sleep problems.
Symptoms may include one or more of the following:
- Snoring loudly, choking, gasping for air during sleep
- Sleepwalking or talking during sleep
- Consistently awakening several times during the night
- Experience tingling, creeping or crawling; sensations in legs or arms at night
- Regularly needing more than 30 minutes to fall asleep
More than 18 million Americans suffer from Sleep Apnea. Obstructive Sleep Apnea or OSA is characterized by pauses in breathing or instances of shallow or infrequent breathing during sleep.
Certain populations are at an increased risk for Sleep Apnea as follows:
- Overweight and obese individuals
- Those with hypertension
- Males over the age of 40
- Females over the age of 50
- Pre-diabetic and diabetic groups
Left untreated, Sleep Apnea can put you at higher risk for high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, diabetes, and depression.
You should consult an Ear, Nose & Throat Associates of Chester County sleep doctor if you experience, or if your partner notices snoring loud enough to disturb the sleep of others or yourself, shortness of breath that awakens you from sleep, and/or intermittent pauses in your breathing during sleep.