About one-third of the population has some form of insomnia at any given time, and 10 percent of that group has chronic insomnia. According to the National Sleep Foundation, 75 percent of Americans say they've had at least one symptom of a sleep problem a few nights a week or more within the past year.
While there are 88 kinds of sleep disorders, at the Medical West Sleep Center we most commonly see individuals with symptoms of insomnia; sleep apnea; narcolepsy; and restless legs syndrome and/or periodic limb movements.
When a patient comes in with sleep problems, we begin with a review of the person's symptoms. We schedule a sleep study if we determine it's needed. A sleep study is a non-invasive, overnight exam that allows doctors to monitor a patient while he sleeps. An EEG monitors his sleep stages and the cycles of REM and non-REM or NREM sleep during the night, to identify possible disruptions in the sleep pattern.
A sleep study will also measure things such as eye movements, blood oxygen levels, heart and breathing rates, snoring, and body movements. Once we've diagnosed the problem, we can offer a treatment protocol.
Stuart J. Padove, MD practices with Medical West Sleep Medicine.