SleepManatee | David E. Law, M.D. - Diagnosis & Treatment of Sleep Disorders - ABIM Certified: Internal Medicine, Pulmonary & Sleep Medicine

About Sleep Disorders

Any condition that creates daytime drowsiness puts you at risk for mistakes and accidents. Every year, more than 100,000 traffic accidents are attributed to sleepy drivers. In addition to causing daytime drowsiness, disorders such as sleep apnea can also raise blood pressure and put you at greater risk for developing heart disease.

Sleep apnea is a disorder characterized by stopped or slowed breathing during sleep. When breathing stops, you wake up, which causes sleep to become fragmented and less restful. Patients with sleep apnea often snore and may suffer from daytime drowsiness and morning headaches. Sleep apnea and snoring often disrupt your partner's sleep.

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A sleep study, otherwise known as a polysomnogram (PSG), is a test done in either a home setting or in a facility specially equipped to perform an overnight recording of the multiple physiologic variables important in differentiating normal from abnormal sleep. This study requires the attachment of sensors and other devices that measure such things as brain waves (EEG), airflow, oxygen saturation, breathing effort, heart beat (ECG), body position, snoring, limb movements and others. The study done at home consists of less information but may suffice in less complex situations, whereas the study done in a facility is more complex and requires the presence of a trained sleep technician.

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