Sleep Disorder Center
Sleep Disorder Center at West Houston
A sleep disorder can be a serious problem, and according to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, more than 100 million Americans of all ages fail to get a good night’s sleep.
What are common sleep disorders?
- Snoring and sleep apnea
- Restless leg syndrome
- Nocturia (need to constantly wake and use the restroom)
- Hypersomnia (excessive daytime sleep)
- Sleep paralysis
- Bruxism (involuntary grinding of teeth)
What is sleep apnea?
Sleep apnea occurs when a person’s breathing is interrupted during sleep. People with untreated sleep apnea stop breathing repeatedly during their sleep, sometimes hundreds of times during the night. The most common symptoms reported with sleep apnea are snoring, excessive daytime drowsiness, and gasping or choking during sleep. This disorder affects people of all ages, both genders and every body type. However, men over age 40 are significantly more likely than women to have sleep apnea. The disorder can be caused by a number of factors including large tonsils, tongue or soft palate, nasal obstruction, abnormality in the throat, and obesity.
Possible Consequences of Untreated Sleep Apnea:
- Dementia and Memory Loss
- Heart Attack
- Lung Hypertension
- Job Impairment
- Motor Vehicular Accident
Do you have a sleep disorder?
Look over this list, and if more than ones of these applies to you, you may have a sleep disorder. Talk to your doctor or call The Sleep Disorder Center at West Houston at 281-584-7378.to make an appointment with a sleep specialist.
- I am tired all the time.
- I don’t feel refreshed, even after sleeping all night.
- I have been told that I snore.
- I’m sleeping during the day.
- I toss and turn a lot in my sleep.
- I stop breathing in my sleep.
- I have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep.
- I am forgetful or have trouble concentrating.
- I often take sleeping pills to fall asleep.
- I have been told that I kick or hit my bed partner during sleep.
- I have a creepy, crawling feeling in my legs when I lie down or try to relax.
Does your child have a sleep disorder?
If your child has trouble sleeping, they may have a sleep disorder. Sleep is necessary to heal and repair the body, and specifically in children, it is essential to their health and growth. Proper sleep promotes alertness, good memory and performance and decreases the probability of behavioral problems and moodiness. Studies show that 2 out of every 3 children under the age of 10 have experienced a sleep disorder. Symptoms you should look for in your child:
- Fussiness in newborn or infant
- Breathing problems or loud breathing
- Unusual night wakings
- Difficulty falling asleep and maintaining sleep
- Resistance to sleep
- Parasomnias: night terrors, teeth grinding, sleepwalking
Testing and treatment at The Sleep Disorder Center:
Complete diagnostic sleep studies and follow-up treatment are available for a wide range of sleep disorders. Testing includes sleep studies for snoring and sleep apnea with monitoring of oxygen saturation and carbon dioxide levels, laboratory testing with detailed sleep evaluations and comprehensive diagnostic reports, sleep parameter evaluations to determine the appropriate amount of oxygen required during sleep, as well as monitoring sleep state and quality. During testing, patients can expect advanced technology while in a comfortable at-home setting.
The Sleep Disorder Center at West Houston diagnose and treat children above the age of 1, adolescents, and adults with sleep disorders, including insomnia, snoring, daytime sleepiness sleep apnea, narcolepsy, shift work difficulties, restless legs, periodic limb movements and circadian rhythm disorders. The experience of our multidisciplinary, multispecialty staff is extensive and includes experts in pediatric and adult medicine.
Sleep studies are conducted 7 nights a week from 8:30 p.m. to 6 a.m. To view one of our sleep center rooms, click here.
For more information please call The Sleep Disorder Center at West Houston at 281-584-7378.
The Sleep Disorder Center at West Houston
12141 Richmond Avenue
Houston, TX 77082
281-588-3444 - main hospital line
281-584-7378 - direct to Sleep Disorder Center