What Is Sleep Medicine?
A good night’s sleep rejuvenates the body, revitalizes the mind, and repairs tissues. However, many individuals struggle nightly, grappling with various sleep disorders that impair their quality of life. Chronic sleep deprivation has been linked to a heightened risk for many adverse health complications, such as hypertension, diabetes, obesity, and even certain types of cancers.
The repercussions of poor sleep can also manifest in various mental health issues, from daily irritations to more severe psychological conditions like depression and anxiety. For our brains to function optimally—with sharp memory consolidation, attention to detail, adept problem-solving skills, and uninhibited creativity—getting adequate rest is necessary.
Ascentist Healthcare sleep medicine specialists are experts trained in diagnosing, treating, and preventing a wide range of sleep disorders and disturbances, We help patients by offering solutions grounded in extensive research and offering state-of-the-art solutions to ensure you achieve the restorative sleep your body and mind require.
We now offer sleep testing in-office and at home for your convenience. Call us today to learn more and schedule your first visit with Ascentist Healthcare.
Common Sleep-Related Conditions We Treat
- Central and Obstructive Sleep apnea
- Shift work sleep disorder and other circadian rhythm disturbances
- Excessive sleepiness ( hypersomnia )
- Parasomnias – sleep walking, talking, eating, sleep paralysis
- Narcolepsy and Cataplexy
- Insomnia, acute and chronic
- Restless leg syndrome
- REM Sleep Behavior Disorder
- Nocturnal Seizures
- Periodic Limb Movement Disorder (PLMD)
- Advanced Sleep Phase Disorder (ASPD)
- Delayed Sleep Phase Disorder (DSPD)
- Nocturnal Enuresis
- Sleep-Related Hypoventilation
- Idiopathic Hypersomnia
- Sleep-Related Eating Disorder
Common Sleep-Related Treatments We Offer
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I simply take sleeping pills for my insomnia?
While sleeping pills can be beneficial for short-term relief, they’re not a one-size-fits-all solution. It’s essential to consult a sleep specialist who can recommend the best treatment approach tailored to your specific situation.
How common is sleep apnea and is it serious?
Sleep apnea is fairly common and can be severe. Left untreated, it can lead to cardiovascular problems, daytime fatigue, and more. Early diagnosis and treatment are crucial.
Can children suffer from sleep disorders?
Absolutely. Children can experience a range of sleep disorders, including night terrors, sleepwalking, and even sleep apnea. If you notice irregular sleep patterns in your child, it’s vital to consult a pediatric sleep specialist.
I work night shifts. Is there any way to manage the sleep disturbances I experience?
Yes. Circadian rhythm sleep-wake disorders are common among shift workers. Light therapy, sleep scheduling, and sometimes medications can help regulate your sleep-wake cycle.
Are naps beneficial or do they disturb nighttime sleep?
While short naps can be revitalizing, especially for those who didn’t get adequate sleep the previous night, long or irregular napping during the day can negatively affect your sleep.