Getting a good night's sleep is vital to every aspect of life, yet according to the National Sleep Foundation, between 50 and 70 million Americans experience some sort of sleep or wakefulness disorder. With the right help, everyone should be able to enjoy restful nights and wide-awake days.
Because sleep disorders often lead to other health consequences, board-certified sleep-medicine specialists at Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation take sleep medicine very seriously. We consider it a part of preventive medicine.
The most common sleep disorders we treat are insomnia and obstructive sleep apnea. However, we have experience and expertise in treating the full spectrum of sleep abnormalities, including narcolepsy, restless leg syndrome, central sleep apnea, circadian rhythm disorders, and periodic limb movement disorder
Diagnosis and Treatment
During your initial consultation, we’ll ask you about your general health history. You’ll complete a questionnaire and undergo a physical exam. We may also ask your sleep partner for their observations.
We may then refer you to a sleep lab that’s equipped with the latest sleep-testing equipment. Sleep tests can also take place at home when appropriate. In either location, we use:
- Maintenance of wakefulness testing
- Multiple sleep latency testing
- Nocturnal oximetry monitoring
Once a diagnosis is complete, our sleep medicine specialists design a treatment plan exclusively tailored to your needs. Treatment may range from behavior changes and sleep counseling to medication or sleep-aid devices. Common treatments may include:
- Sleep hygiene changes
- Behavioral techniques and cognitive behavioral therapy
- Medication management
- PAP (positive airway pressure) devices
- Complementary medicine