What Is Sleep Medicine?
Sleep Medicine is a specialty or sub-specialty that typically falls within the practice of neurologists and/or pulmonologist. It focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of various sleep disorders including obstructive sleep apnea syndrome, insomnia & restless leg syndrome.
Tanner Clinic offers a full-service sleep lap that allows technicians and physicians to determine what is impairing sleep. Our goal at the Tanner Clinic Sleep Disorders Center is to provide prompt, professional diagnostic testing in a comfortable, safe and friendly setting. Our sleep lab utilizes the most current technology and equipment to ensure the highest accuracy in sleep studies, and is accredited by the American Commission for Health Care (ACHC).
ACHC is a third-party accreditation organization that has developed the highest national standards that providers are measured against in order to illustrate their ability to effectively and efficiently deliver quality healthcare products and services to consumers. By choosing a healthcare provider that has achieved ACHC accreditation, you can take comfort in knowing that you will receive the highest quality of care.
What Type of Sleep Disorders Are There?
There are various types of sleep disorders. A few common sleep disorders include:
- Insomnia: this deals with the quantity and quality of sleep. This can be divided into sleep onset or sleep maintenance insomnia.
- Sleep Apnea: Sleep related breathing disorders that result in abnormal arousals from sleep, typically from abnormal drops in oxygen saturation. This can be divided into obstructive sleep apnea or central sleep apnea.
- Narcolepsy: Sleep-wake cycle abnormality resulting in excessive daytime sleepiness.
When Should I See a Sleep Medicine Specialist?
Anyone who struggles with ongoing or increasing issues with excessive daytime sleepiness should consider further evaluation, especially if it is affecting home and work life. This may include dozing at work, poor productivity due to sleepiness/fatigue, drowsy driving, near accidents or dozing during red lights, being too tired to be involved at home, which may cause marital stress.