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What are Parasomnias?

What are Parasomnias?

by Yenny (SU)
Do you or someone you know have trouble sleeping because of strange behaviors or activities during the night? This may be the result of a parasomnia. Parasomnias are a group of sleeping disorders that interfere with sleep, and are characterized by abnormal movements, activities, emotions, perceptions, or behaviors that occur while you are trying to fall asleep, while you are asleep, or while you are waking up. These activities may look completely normal and purposeful to an observer, but the person with a parasomnia is asleep and he or she will often have no memory of them when they wake. There are a number of disorders included under the heading of parasomnias, each with their own symptoms that are often associated with the phase of the sleep cycle in which they occur.

What is SHAPE Testing?

What is SHAPE Testing?

by Yenny (SU)
SHAPE™ is a diagnostic test for pulmonary hypertension, a life-threatening condition. SHAPE stands for Submaximal Heart And Pulmonary Evaluation. For some patients, it can replace the need for invasive testing that carries some serious risks.

How Sleep Medicine Impacts Every Area of Your Life

How Sleep Medicine Impacts Every Area of Your Life

by Shearly (SU)
Do you have trouble falling asleep, or even staying asleep? Or maybe your sleep is interrupted with restlessness, terrors, or involuntary leg movements. If you are plagued with sleep problems, you probably feel it during the day, experiencing sleepiness, irritability, and increased hunger. Sleep disorders pose a significant health risk. In fact, the leading cause of driver fatalities in heavy truck motor vehicle accidents is fatigue. And those that suffer from sleep disorders can experience an array of problems from fatigue and headaches during the day, to difficulty concentrating, depression, and even high blood pressure or heart disease. Sleep medicine is a medical specialty dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders, and finding the right sleep medicine provider can have a positive impact on every area of your life.

What is a Pulmonary Function Test?

What is a Pulmonary Function Test?

by Shearly (SU)
A pulmonary lung function test is a non-invasive way to determine how well your lungs are working. The test measures your lung capacity, airflow, volume, and how much oxygen and carbon dioxide are exchanged when you are breathing in and out. This test also provides other vital information your doctor needs, such as the condition of your abdominal muscles and diaphragm, or how well your alveoli are functioning, in order to diagnose any underlying condition.

5 Important Reasons to See a Sleep Medicine Doctor

5 Important Reasons to See a Sleep Medicine Doctor

by Shearly (SU)
Did you know that around 40 million Americans suffer from chronic sleep problems annually, with an additional 20 million suffering from occasional sleep problems each year? The problems are so widespread, that there is an entire sub-specialty of medicine that deals with the diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders, as well as other problems related to restful sleep. If you are not sleeping well, or resting deeply, you may need to visit a sleep medicine doctor to pinpoint the underlying cause of your sleep disturbances.