Sutter Sleep Disorders Centers
Sutter Sleep Disorders Centers physicians treat the full range of sleep disorders in patients of all ages, including:
- Parasomnias (Sleepwalking, Night Terrors, Confusional Arousals)
- Periodic Limb Movement Disorder
- Restless Leg Syndrome
- Sleep Apnea
The inability to fall asleep initially or after waking, insomnia affects almost everyone at some time. According to National Sleep Foundation surveys over the past few years, more than half of America experiences insomnia a few times each week, leading to daytime drowsiness, poor concentration, depression and other problems.
When insomnia becomes acute or persists, Sutter Sleep Disorders Centers offers relief. Unlike neurological or breathing-related sleep disorders, insomnia is a complaint that can stem from a variety of causes. Treatment begins through a consultation with a Sutter Sleep Disorders Centers sleep medicine specialist to determine the underlying problems and most promising solutions, which may include medication or behavior techniques proven effective for others. In cases where the cause appears to be physical, patients may be referred for sleep testing or to another medical specialist. Patients generally return for follow-up appointments to fine tune treatments until success is achieved.
Narcolepsy is a rare, but often debilitating, sleep disorder characterized by “sleep attacks” that can strike unexpectedly at any time. Anyone who cannot control the timing of sleep or who experiences cataplexy (sudden loss of muscle tone) should seek treatment. Sutter Sleep Disorders Centers offers diagnosis using the most advanced sleep-testing equipment to determine if a patient has narcolepsy. Board-certified sleep medicine physicians familiar with this uncommon disorder provide skilled treatment that enables most patients to regain control over sleep patterns.
Sleep disturbances that cause unwanted physical activity—sleep walking, night terrors, eating while asleep, bed wetting and others—fall under the general category of parasomnias. Children often experience parasomnias, but generally outgrown them. For the less than 10 percent of adults who have parasomnia disorders, treatment is especially important if the incidents are frequent or could cause harm to the individual or others.
Sutter Sleep Disorders Centers offers diagnosis and treatment by board-certified sleep medicine doctors who are well versed in the causes and cures of parasomnia disorders. In addition, the center offers the latest diagnostic tools, including digital video, for sleep testing at the sleep labs in Roseville or Sacramento, or at the patient’s home.
Periodic Limb Movement Disorder
When sleep is disturbed by habitual limb movements, typically the legs, the cause may be periodic limb movement disorder. Similar to restless leg syndrome, periodic limb movement disorder can cause poor quality sleep and result in daytime sleepiness, insomnia, or disruption of sleep for a bed partner. Sutter Sleep Disorders Centers offers diagnosis, including testing using digital video equipment, to determine the exact nature and extent of the disorder. Once the diagnosis is confirmed, the center’s sleep medicine specialists can provide treatment options and follow-up care to help patients and their partners achieve restful sleep.
Our Health Information Library contains extensive information on causes and treatments in the periodic limb movement disorder section. Additional information can be found under Sleep Disorders on the American Academy of Sleep Medicine Web site at and in the National Sleep Foundation’s Sleep Dictionary.
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Restless Leg Syndrome
When tossing and turning becomes extreme, the cause may be restless leg syndrome. Characterized by the discomfort that is temporarily relieved by movement, restless leg syndrome can disrupt normal sleep and lead to daytime drowsiness. Sutter Sleep Disorders Centers offers expert diagnosis and treatment of the disorder. Using the latest equipment, including digital video, the center can determine if the sleep disruption stems from restless leg syndrome or another disorder. Once diagnosed, center sleep medicine specialists can provide treatment to restore normal sleep patterns.
Our Health Information Library contains extensive information on causes and treatments in the restless legs syndrome (rls) section. Additional information can be found under Sleep Disorders on the American Academy of Sleep Medicine Web site at and in the National Sleep Foundation’s Sleep Dictionary or the Restless Leg Foundation.
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Sleep apnea is a common and growing problem characterized by stopped or slowed breathing during sleep. When breathing stops, patients awaken slightly, causing sleep to become fragmented and less restful. Patients with sleep apnea often snore, preventing others from getting a good night’s sleep, and may suffer from daytime drowsiness and morning headaches. Because they may also be at greater risk for heart disease, treatment is important.
Sutter Sleep Disorders Centers offers full diagnosis and treatment for infants, children and adults suffering from sleep apnea. Through the center’s sleep labs located in Sacramento and Roseville, patients can undergo testing using the latest, most advanced equipment. Testing for young children and infants is also available through the center and Sutter Health. Sleep medicine specialists offer expert treatment of the disorder, which may include training in use of a continuous positive airway pressure device.Our Health Information Library contains extensive information on causes and treatments in the sleep apnea section. Additional information can be found under Sleep Disorders on the American Academy of Sleep Medicine Web site at and in the National Sleep Foundation’s Sleep Dictionary and on the American Sleep Apnea Association Web site.
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