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Menlo Park Sleep MEdicine

Comprehensive Sleep Disorder Diagnosis and Treatment

Forgetful? Waking up often during the night? Tired during the day? Feel like doing things, but don’t have the energy to do them? Poor sleep quality is very often the explanation. 

We spend one third of our lives asleep, and poor sleep can have substantially detrimental effects on life quality. Restful sleep allows the brain to process and store information, rehearse for important events, and is the basis for mood and creativity.

At Menlo Psychiatry and Sleep Medicine we offer a comprehensive program to diagnose and treat all sleep disorders, with testing available in your own home as needed.

“Our strongest desire —over more sex and more money— is to get more sleep.”

Source: A Survey of Harvard Class of 1988

SLEEP FACTS:

  • We spend nearly one third of our lives sleeping – 25 years or more.
  • With the invention of the light bulb, human sleep times have decreased from 9 to 7.5 hours per night.
  • Humans can survive longer without food than without sleep – the record is held by Randy Gardner – 264 hours or 11 days.
  • Heart disease, diabetes, and obesity have all been linked to sleep loss
  • Each year, sleep-related errors and accidents cost U.S. businesses an estimated $56 billion, cause nearly 25,000 deaths, and result in 2.5 million disabling injuries.
  • In the 2005 Sleep in America survey. Over one-quarter of working adults – 28% — said they had missed work, events and activities, or made errors at work because of sleep-related issues in the previous three months.
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Specialization in sleep medicine allows us to diagnose and treat a variety of sleep related conditions – with a specific focus on daytime as well as night time symptoms. A combined understanding of sleep and wake, is employed to improve mood, anxiety, memory and recall.

Optimizing sleep can also help improve pain and help with weight loss. Through a holistic, patient-centered approach – medications are used effectively and conservatively, and lifestyle and behavioral techniques are employed to empower you  to continue to make progress on your own.

COMMON SLEEP CONDITIONS WE TREAT

  • Insomnia – The most common sleep disorder, characterized by trouble falling and staying asleep. Many patients with insomnia also experience “hyperarousal” or the feeling of being constantly alert, 24 hours per day.People with insomnia report trouble sleeping at night, with fatigue, low energy, low mood and trouble concentrating during the day. Despite their fatigue, naps are impossible. People with insomnia also spend more time thinking about sleep than any other group – and this may be a part of the problem. Learn more…
  • Sleep Apnea – Episodes of upper airway restriction during sleep, often observed as loud snoring, periods of not breathing, and daytime sleepiness. Obstructive Sleep Apnea has been recognized as an independent risk factor for hypertension, cardiovascular disease, stroke, and abnormal glucose metabolism (diabetes). Learn more…
  • Jet lag and shift work – Adjusting to changing time zones and work hour requirements

  • Delayed or Advanced sleep phase – Staying up too late, or going to bed too early
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder – Often experienced as decreased mood and energy in the darker months
  • ADHD / Attention, Focus, and Memory – Sleep deprivation has significant effects on our ability to retain, process and recall information. This is severe enough, that in some cases, people worry they are experiencing the first signs of dementia.
  • RLS – Restless Legs Syndrome – an irresistible urge to move the feet, often occurring in the late hours
  • REM behavior disorder – Acting out dream material during the night
  • Parasomnias – Sleep walking, sleep talking, bedwetting
  • Narcolepsy – A very rare condition with the intrusion of sleep attacks during the day, and fragmented sleep at night
  • Hypersomnia – Excessive daytime sleepiness; causes may be variable
  • Use of medications, drugs and alcohol – Nearly every psychiatric medication has effects on sleep, and some over the counter medications; especially caffeine, and alcohol do as well. We work together to optimize the timing and use and quantity of all substances, with attention to sleep, and daytime function.

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