Everyone has a sleepless night now and then. Chronic lack of sleep, poor-quality sleep, or daytime sleepiness may signal a serious problem. Fortunately, the Sleep Center at Texas Presbyterian Hospital Allen is here to help sleep-deprived individuals open their eyes to these problems and enjoy better sleep as a result.
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At the Sleep Center, medical staff physicians board-certified in sleep medicine are on hand to evaluate and address many common sleep disorders.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is characterized by loud snoring with pauses and gasps that intermittently halt breathing. This disorder is associated with unrefreshing sleep, daytime sleepiness, high blood pressure, heart attack and stroke.
Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) is an irresistible urge to move the legs due to unpleasant tingling or "creepy-crawly" sensations in the lower extremities when at rest. It may be associated with Periodic Limb Movement Syndrome (PLMS), a condition characterized by involuntary jerking or bending of the legs or arms at regular intervals during sleep.
Narcolepsy develops during adolescence or in young adulthood and is a lifelong problem. It is characterized by excessive daytime sleepiness, muscular weakness when angry or laughing, sleep paralysis and overactive dreams during the onset of sleep. These symptoms can develop suddenly or over many years.
Insomnia is a symptom that may be caused by many factors, including psychological issues, breathing problems and movements during sleep. It is characterized by difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep and by fatigue during wakefulness. Transient or short-term insomnia is triggered by excitement, stress or an unfamiliar environment and may last a few nights to several weeks. Chronic insomnia is poor sleep every night or most nights.
At the Sleep Center, evaluation of sleep habits is conducted in one of the warmly decorated, comfortable bedrooms, which include private baths and double-insulated walls to maximize opportunity for quality sleep. The Sleep Center is open seven days a week and is equipped to conduct both night and day studies.
Take a moment to answer the following questions. Then review them with your physician or call the Sleep Center at 972-747-5337.
Do you regularly:
Fall asleep while reading, watching TV or involved in other passive activities?
Fight sleepiness on the job or while driving?
Wake with headaches?
Wake with choking or gasping sensations?
Have high blood pressure?
Wake feeling tired, fatigued and unrefreshed?
Have trouble falling asleep?
Wake frequently and have difficulty falling back to sleep?
Have restless, "creepy-crawly" or "jumpy" legs while you are still?
Have problems in your family life, work performance or sense of well-being that seem to stem from your sleep problem?
Does your bed partner complain of:
Your loud snoring?
Your legs twitching or kicking at night?
Long breathing pauses during your sleep?
If you answered "yes" to two or more of these questions, you may be experiencing a sleep disorder.
Staffed by board-certified sleep specialists, the Sleep Medicine Laboratory at Texas Health Allen can help to identify sleep disorders and recommend an appropriate course of action. For more information, call 972-747-6260.