Sleep is essential to good health. Poor sleep quality can affect concentration, daytime performance, memory and interpersonal relationships as well as mental and physical health. Detroit Medical Center connects patients to knowledgeable sleep physicians can evaluate, diagnose and explore treatment options to improve the quality of your sleep.
DMC Sleep Medicine Specialists
Sleep Specialists are usually Pulmonologists, physicians who specialize in the lungs. The DMC has Adult Sleep Medicine Specialty Centers located in both DMC Detroit Receiving Hospital (accredited by the National Academy of Sleep Medicine) and DMC Sinai-Grace Hospital, and a pediatric sleep medicine program at DMC Children’s Hospital of Michigan.
DMC Harper University Hospital was ranked among the top 50 hospitals in the nation for Pulmonology in 2011 by U.S.News & World Report.
DMC Huron Valley-Sinai, DMC Sinai-Grace and DMC Detroit Receiving were all ranked among the best in Southeast Michigan in Pulmonary Care by U.S.News & World Report.
About Sleep Disorders
People suffering from sleeping disorders experience serious disturbances in their normal sleep pattern and often feel very sleepy during the day. Un-restful sleep can significantly impact concentration, daytime performance, memory, interpersonal relationships and mental and physical health. These symptoms can range from mild to severe.
Sleep disorders such as Sleep Apnea can even be life threatening. The risks of undiagnosed obstructive sleep apnea include heart attacks, strokes, impotence, irregular heartbeats, high blood pressure and heart disease.
Other common sleep disorders include:
- Difficulty Falling Asleep
- Restless Leg Syndrome
- Age-Related Sleep Issues
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Sleep apnea is characterized by apnea (Latin for “without breath”) episodes during sleep. The sufferer’s breathing may stop for 10 seconds or longer, at rates ranging from 5 to 50 times an hour.
Of the three types of sleep apnea - obstructive sleep apnea, central sleep apnea and mixed sleep apnea - obstructive sleep apnea is the most common.
What causes obstructive sleep apnea?
A blockage or narrowing of the airways in your nose, mouth or throat generally causes obstructive sleep apnea. This usually occurs when the throat muscles and tongue relax during sleep and partially block the airway.
Sleep apnea can also occur if you have bone deformities or larger than normal tissues in your nose, mouth or throat. For example, you may have large tonsils. During the day when you are awake and standing up, this may not cause problems. However, when you lie down at night, your tonsils can press down on your airway, narrowing it and causing sleep apnea.
Other factors that make sleep apnea more likely include being obese, using certain medicines or alcohol before bed and sleeping on your back.
What are the symptoms of sleep apnea?
Loud snoring and feeling very sleepy during the day are the two main symptoms. Your bed partner may notice periods when you stop breathing during sleep. Other symptoms may include tossing and turning during sleep, waking up with a headache and feeling irritated and sleepy after a full night’s sleep.
Are you one of the 40 million Americans living with a sleep disorder? Take this informal sleep quiz to find out.
- Do you feel sleepy or doze off while engaged in daily activities, such as watching TV, reading or driving?
- Do you have trouble sleeping three nights a week or more?
- Do your legs ache prior to bed or when getting up?
- Does your partner complain about your loud snoring?
If you answered “yes” to one or more of these questions, you may have a sleep disorder.
For an appointment, a second opinion or more information, please call 1-888-DMC-2500.