Salinas Sleep Medicine Center
Treatments for Sleep Disorders
Anyone who has had trouble sleeping knows how severely it affects the body
and mind. Without sleep we cannot think clearly, focus on day to day tasks,
and our bodies become more susceptible to detrimental conditions like
high blood pressure. Sleep disorders are serious conditions, and people
suffering from them should seek medical treatment as soon as possible.
The Salinas Valley Medical Clinic Sleep Medicine Center pairs patients
up with sleep specialists who study their symptoms and develop customized
treatment plans for their condition.
We treat numerous sleep disorders, including:
- Shifted circadian rhythm
- Restless less syndrome
- Sleep apnea
- Heavy snoring
Our Sleep Study Process
Our physicians have come up with a three step sleep study process to diagnose
the specifics of your sleep disorder. At the end of this process you will
be given treatment and advice on how to return to a normal sleeping schedule.
Overnight observation – The first step of the process is visiting the clinic overnight for observation.
During this period you will be discreetly monitored by doctors who will
make note of unique symptoms that point to the source of your problems.
Post observation consultation – Once the study is concluded, you will schedule a consultation with a sleep
specialist who will review their findings with you and discuss possible
causes for the disorder.
Treatment – The final step of the study is to find a suitable treatment. Depending
on your symptoms, the doctor may recommend medication, exercises, a dietary
plan or other treatment that will help you get the rest you need.
Identifying a Sleep Disorder
Not all trouble sleeping is defined as a sleep disorder. A variety of factors
could be hindering your ability to get a decent night’s rest. We
have created a brief questionnaire to help you determine whether or not
you suffer from a sleep disorder.
- Do you snore loudly?
- Have you or someone else noticed you gasp heavily during sleep or stop
- Do you feel drowsy and fatigued when doing routine tasks like working at
the computer or driving?
- Do you have trouble falling asleep 3 or more nights a week?
- Do you wake up in the middle of the night and have trouble falling back asleep?
- Do your legs feel jittery or uncomfortable when trying to sleep?
- Do you feel discomforting sensations like heartburn or nightmares when sleeping?
Having even one of these symptoms may be an indicator that you have a sleep
disorder. Schedule an appointment at the sleep center for help from a
board certified physician specializing in these matters. Call 831-759-1920
or fax 831-484-1441 to contact the SVMC Sleep Medicine Center.