Improved Health with Expert Care at the Sleep Disorders Center at Providence
Over 40 million people in the United States experience chronic sleep deprivation. Providence’s Sleep Disorders Center provides the diagnostic and treatment services to help our patients get the right amount of sleep for better health. If you are concerned about your sleeping habits, a consultation with a board-certified sleep specialist at the Providence Sleep Disorders Institute can determine the best testing and treatment for you.
About Sleep Disorders
Although everyone has difficulty sleeping every once and a while, persistent problems with your sleep cycle could indicate a larger problem. Sleep disorders are a serious condition that can interrupt how well and how long you sleep. Aside from side-effects like sleepiness and headaches, experiencing sleep disorders for an extended period of time can lead to various accidents and workplace injuries, as well as hypertension and other cardiovascular disorders.
The Sleep Disorders Center at Providence treats a variety of sleep disorders, including:
- Insomnia - The perception or complaint of inadequate or poor-quality sleep. According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) people with insomnia may experience difficulty falling asleep, waking up frequently during the night and finding it hard to go back to sleep, waking up too early in the morning, and generally unrefreshed sleep.
- Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS) - A sleep disorder in which a person experiences unpleasant sensations in the legs described as creeping, crawling, tingling, pulling or pain. The feelings can occur in one or both legs, often in the calf area, but they can also be felt anywhere from the thigh to the ankle, or even the arms. These sensations are strongest when the person with RLS lies down or sits for prolonged periods of time. They often get worse at night. People with RLS say that when the sensations occur, the urge to move their limbs becomes intense.
- Periodic Limb Movement – Many people with Restless Legs Syndrome also have a related sleep disorder called periodic limb movements in sleep (PLMS). PLMS is characterized by involuntary jerking or bending leg movements during sleep that typically occur every 10 to 60 seconds. Some people may experience hundreds of such movements per night, which can wake them, disturb their sleep and awaken bed partners. According to the National Sleep Foundation, over a third of all people aged 65 and older experience PLMS, with men and women equally affected.
- Sleep Apnea - The National Sleep Foundation estimates that millions of Americans may be affected with this problem.
In patients with sleep apnea, breathing actually stops for up to ten seconds or longer at a time. This can occur when muscles in the mouth and throat relax and obstruct the airway. It can also occur when the diaphragm and chest muscles stop working correctly.
Whenever this happens, the sleeper then wakes up gasping for air. In the most serious cases of sleep apnea, this can happen dozens, even hundreds of times a night. Many times, however, the sleeper does not remember it.
- Narcolepsy – This disorder causes people to have frequent "sleep attacks" at various times of the day, even if they have had a normal amount of sleep the night before. These attacks last from several seconds to more than 30 minutes. There may also be loss of muscle control during emotional situations, hallucinations, temporary paralysis when they awaken and disrupted nighttime sleep.
- Parasomnias – This is the name given to a group of sleep disorders that disturb not only our sleep, but the sleep of those around us. According to the Sleep Foundation (SF), they include:
The Sleep Disorders Center at Providence Provides Expert Diagnostics and Treatment
Our Sleep Disorders Center provides diagnostic services and treatment for patients of all ages suffering from sleep disorders. The professional staff uses a multidisciplinary approach to diagnose and treat patients who suffer from a variety of sleep disorders, including:
- Sleep Disorder Breathing
- Restless Leg Syndrome
- Periodic Limb movement Disorder
- Parasomnias - (night terrors, sleep walking, etc.)
Our state-of-the-art diagnostic services include:
- Nocturnal Polysomnography
- CPAP/Bilevel Titration
- NPSG with Extended Montage
- Multiple Sleep Latency Test
- Maintenance of Wakefulness Test
- Digital Video Recording
How a Sleep Study Works
Diagnostic evaluations are conducted in private rooms, each with a home-like modern décor, a flat panel television with DVD capabilities, and private bathrooms and showers. These accommodations allow for the best and most comfortable diagnostic experience possible.
Patients are under direct observation and are videotaped during many of the tests. This allows the physicians to diagnose sleep disorders through measuring the time it takes to fall asleep and enter into a deep sleep.
Following evaluation, our team of board-certified sleep specialists will determine the most appropriate treatments. After a diagnosis is made, based on testing results, patients are presented with various treatment options and support services.
Day and nighttime diagnostic testing and treatment is available, allowing you to be in control and comfortable with testing. Our institute insists on a sleep clinic follow-up in order to track patients’ progress, and support groups are available for patients during the process.
Visit the Sleep Center at Providence
The Institute operates under the direction of Muhammad Shibli, MD, Francisco Hoyos, MD To schedule a consultation with one of our board certified sleep specialists, call the Sleep Disorders Center at (202) 854-3232.