Sleep Clinic Questions and Answers
Do you have questions about a sleep clinic? The professionals at Koala® Center for Sleep & TMJ Disorders are here to answer all of your concerns. Call one of our clinics today to book an appointment. We serve patients from Brewster NY, Mahopac NY, Brewster Hill NY, Lake Carmel NY, Patterson NY, and Lincolndale NY.
Sleep is such an important function that we spend a third of our lives doing it. However, more than 70 million people in the United States are affected by a sleep disorder, which further raises the importance of a good night’s sleep. Thankfully, there are medical facilities that exclusively focus on treating sleep disorders. These sleep clinics have helped countless millions of people improve the quality of their sleep by addressing the underlying cause of their sleep disorder. With their specialized focus, these clinics are better qualified to meet the needs of their patients.
When should I talk to my doctor about sleep disorders?
It is recommended to talk to your doctor about sleep disorders when experiencing any of the following:
- You have sleep problems once a week, once a month, or often enough that it raises concerns
- You have any concerns about the quality or amount of sleep you get
- You feel tired and fatigued even though you feel as though you are getting enough sleep
- You are experiencing mental fogginess, lack of clarity or slow decision-making
What doctor to see if you can’t sleep?
What doctor you should see if you cannot sleep depends on what is causing your sleeping problems. If sleeping problems are caused by issues with the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), a dentist can best address these concerns. If lack of sleep is brought on by excessive stress and mental disturbances, a psychiatrist may be able to help get to the root of the problem. If you are not sure what is causing your sleeping problems, call the professionals at Koala® Center for Sleep & TMJ Disorders and we will help you figure out what is causing your problems.
What are the 5 major sleep disorders?
The 5 major sleep disorders include:
Insomnia — By far the most common sleep disorder, short-term insomnia affects around 30% of adults, with about 10% experiencing long-term or chronic insomnia.
Sleep Apnea — Of the 70 million Americans with a sleep disorder, 22 million have sleep apnea. The most common type of sleep apnea is obstructive (OSA), and causes interruptions to breathing during sleep.
Narcolepsy — Although less common than other sleep disorders (affecting around 135,000 to 200,000 people in the United States), narcolepsy is a serious condition that is characterized by an extreme tendency to fall asleep, especially in uncommon situations, like when talking or eating.
Restless Legs Syndrome — Characterized by an incessant urge to move or reposition the legs, RLS can interfere with quality of sleep and make it extremely difficult for someone to fall asleep.
REM Sleep Behavior Disorder — A relatively rare condition affecting less than one percent of the population, REM sleep behavior disorder happens when normal muscle paralysis during sleep does not occur. This can result in movements or vocalizations when having vivid dreams that take place during REM sleep.
If you or someone you love is looking for a trusted and reputable sleep clinic, come to Koala® Center for Sleep & TMJ Disorders today. Our kind and compassionate professionals are experienced in helping people determine the underlying cause of their sleep disorder and developing a treatment plan that best addresses their unique needs. Call us today to book an appointment. We look forward to serving you!