Gasping for breath
Stopping breathing at night (witnessed by bedpartner)
Excessive caffeine intake
Memory or concentration problems
Abnormal movements at night
Frequent urination at nighttime
Bay Area Chest Physicians
Sleep disorders are common and can have a significant effect on how we feel and can directly affect our quality of life. In certain conditions, the bed partner may be affected as well. Sleep disorders include sleep-related breathing such as with obstructive and central sleep apnea. These disorders may be associated with cardiovascular conditions such as high blood pressure, heart attack, arrythmias, stroke as well as neurologic issues such as memory and concentration problems and can increase risk of motor vehicle accidents. Bay Area Chest Physicians are at the forefront of diagnosis and management of multiple sleep problems. These disorders include sleep apnea as well as others such as insomnia which may include difficulty in getting to sleep and staying asleep and also somewhat less common problems such as narcolepsy, sleepwalking and restless limb syndrome among others.
Management of sleep disorders often involve behavioral therapies and optimizing sleep hygiene techniques. Treatment of sleep disordered breathing often includes devices such as CPAP and BIPAP and occasionally more sophisticated machines. Other treatment options include dental devices, also surgical options including newer options such as the hypoglossal nerve stimulator. Providers at Bay Area Chest Physicians will work with you to determine which treatment option is right for you.
If you think you may have a sleep disorder and are interested in seeing one of our providers please schedule an appointment.