Millions of Americans have sleep problems, which may seriously affect their quality of life. People with sleep disorders can experience daytime sleepiness, fatigue, irritability, depression, poor memory and lack of concentration. Furthermore, some sleep disorders can contribute to medical problems, including high blood pressure, heart disease and strokes.
How do you know if you have a sleep disorder?
A sleep disorder is any condition that interrupts normal sleep-wake patterns. Often detected by a spouse or partner, sleep disorder symptoms include:
If you experience one or more of these symptoms, you may have a sleep disorder that requires a physician's attention.
The St. Joseph Mercy Oakland Sleep Disorders Center
St. Joseph Mercy Oakland provides a comprehensive program for the diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders. The Sleep Disorders Center is conveniently located near 1-75 and University Drive and has a complete panel of physicians to manage sleep disorders. This panel consists of a medical director who is board-certified by the American Sleep Disorders Association, as well as physicians in the following specialties: pulmonary medicine, oral surgery, neurology and psychiatry.
How are patients evaluated at the Sleep Disorders Center?
Most patients are referred to the Sleep Disorders Center by their primary care physicians. After a comprehensive history and physical exam, a sleep specialist will determine if a sleep study is necessary. The sleep study may require a one- or two- night stay at the sleep center, where patients are monitored using state-of-the-art equipment.
After determining the diagnosis, the sleep physician will work with the referring physician to treat the patient's sleep disorder. Treatment may include medication, changes in daily habits or work schedule, weight loss, surgery, or a simple nasal mask to improve breathing during sleep. Follow-up visits may be necessary to make sure your sleep disorder has been corrected.
Sleep Study Forms
What should you do if you suspect a sleep disorder in yourself or your partner?
If you think you have a sleep disorder, talk to your doctor. If you do not have a doctor or would like more information on sleep disorders, call our Sleep Disorders Center at 248-371-1726.