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Sleep

Sleep is a major part of our practice at PSOT. We have several doctors who are board certified in sleep disorders. These disorders include sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome/periodic limb movement disorders, narcolepsy, and insomnia. All of our doctors and nurse practitioners are trained in treating sleep apnea.

 Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a very common medical issue affecting between 5-20% of the population, depending on age and sex. Patients with this disorder typically snore and have non-restorative (non-refreshing) sleep. Episodes of breath holding may be witnessed by family members (apneas). Sleep apnea is a serious medical problem due to its relationship to stroke, heart attack, hypertension, type 2 diabetes, erectile dysfunction and depression. Sleep apnea can significantly shorten ones life. The diagnosis of sleep apnea often requires a test called a sleep study or “polysomnogram”. Please see www.uptodate.com and look under the patient tab. Sleep apnea, its diagnosis and treatment, are explained at this free website.

Restless Leg Syndrome and Periodic Limb Movement Disorder

Between 3-10% of the population will suffer from unusual sensations in the evening that keeps them from going to sleep. This problem is easily addressed with medications and the doctors at PSOT have experience with its treatment. An associated disorder that causes the legs to move only after you are asleep, periodic limb movements, can cause fatigue. Although related to restless leg syndrome, it often requires a sleep study to diagnose.

Narcolepsy

This neurologic disorder causes sleepiness due to the lack of a neuro-transmitter hypocretin. This rare disorder can be diagnosed with a sleep study and a test of sleepiness called the multiple sleep latency test. Information can be obtained from the Stanford University Medical School website.

Insomnia

Difficulty going to sleep, staying asleep, and waking early is insomnia. This disorder rarely needs testing in a sleep lab. At PSOT we have experience with drug and non-drug treatments. We run classes in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy the most effective form of treatment for insomnia.

We see patients tested at the sleep labs of both ETMC and Mother Frances hospitals in Tyler. In addition, we have affiliations with sleep labs in Lindale, Quitman, Pittsburg, Sulphur Springs. Carthage, and Crockett. No matter where you live in East Texas contact us for any questions about sleep apnea.

Please contact Pulmonary Specialists of Tyler for any questions related to sleep problems. We see physician and self referrals for sleep disorders in patients 5 years old and older. Call 903-592-6901 for an appointment.