It's important to take sleep problems seriously. An untreated sleep disorder can reduce daytime productivity, increase the risk of accidents, and even lead to an early death. Our board-certified physicians at the Sleep Disorders Center are able to diagnose and treat a multitude of sleep-related disorders including sleep apnea, insomnia, narcolepsy and restless legs syndrome.
Restful Nights for Fuller Days
Sleep apnea is most common among men, people who are overweight and the middle-aged. However, research shows that children and postmenopausal women may also be at risk. Usually, people with sleep apnea find out about this symptom because a spouse or bed partner noticed them snoring or stopping breathing during sleep. Other common signs and symptoms include:
- Extreme sleepiness
- Frequent snoring
- Stopping breathing during sleep
- Morning headaches
- High blood pressure
- Weight problems
- Loss of energy
- Drowsy driving
- Abnormal breathing
- Poor concentration
- Impaired alertness
Why You Should Be Tested
Trouble sleeping can lead to major, chronic health problems:
- High Blood Pressure: The National Institutes of Health lists sleep apnea as a cause of high blood pressure. Studies show that about 30 percent of all people with high blood pressure have sleep apnea -- 80 percent for people taking three or more medications to control their blood pressure.
- Heart Disease: Untreated sleep apnea strains the heart and can lead to heart disease and heart failure.
- Stroke: More than 60 percent of patients who have had a stroke also have sleep apnea. In addition, untreated sleep apnea may make it harder to recover after a stroke as it drains energy needed for rehabilitation.
- Diabetes: People with sleep apnea have higher chances of developing insulin resistance, which can lead to type 2 diabetes. About 60 percent of type 2 diabetes patients have sleep apnea.
At Oklahoma Sleep Associates, we offer evaluations by specially trained physicians, as well as a sleep laboratory where you can undergo a sleep study. As part of our comprehensive care plans, we continue to monitor your progress after treatment.
We can diagnose the following sleep disorders:
- Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)
- Periodic limb movement disorder (PLMD)
- Restless legs syndrome (RLS)
- REM sleep behavior disorder (RBD)
- Nighttime seizures
- Night tremors, sleepwalking
- Central idiopathic hypersomnia