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Sleep Disorder Specialist

MM Jersey City Breathing Center

Internal Medicine & Pulmonology located in Jersey City, NJ

As many as 70 million Americans struggle with the side effects of a sleep disorder. At MM Jersey City Breathing Center, with three locations throughout Jersey City, New Jersey, the board-certified medical team is highly experienced in diagnosing and treating common sleep disorders like insomnia and narcolepsy. Learn more about your options for treating sleep disorders to prevent long-term health complications. You can book a consultation by calling the MM Jersey City Breathing Center office nearest you.

Sleep Disorder Q & A

What is a sleep disorder?

A sleep disorder is a condition that interferes with your ability to get a restful night of quality sleep. While there are estimated to be 80 different types of sleep disorders, the most common conditions that affect both children and adults include:

Insomnia

Insomnia is a condition where you have difficulty falling or staying asleep. You may also wake up too early in the morning still feeling tired or irritable.

Narcolepsy

Narcolepsy is a neurological disorder that causes dysfunction in the nerve center that controls sleep and wakefulness. Those with the condition experience excessive sleepiness throughout the day and unexpected, uncontrollable episodes of falling asleep at any time.

Sleep apnea

Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that interferes with the quality of breathing. Obstructive sleep apnea develops when the throat muscles relax and block the airways. In central sleep apnea, the brain signals that control breathing aren’t functioning properly, causing breathing to periodically stop.

Restless leg syndrome

Restless leg syndrome is a type of sleep disorder that involves an uncontrollable urge to move the legs. This movement provides relief of crawling or aching sensations in the leg but often disrupts a person’s quality of sleep.

How is a sleep disorder diagnosed?

The medical team at MM Jersey City Breathing Center is highly skilled in diagnosing a variety of sleep disorders. 

To better understand your symptoms, your provider takes the time to listen to your issues and concerns. They also review your personal and family medical history to determine if you have any risk factors for specific sleep disorders.

After a thorough physical exam, your MM Jersey City Breathing Center doctor may request blood work to rule out infections and other underlying medical issues that may interfere with your sleep.

In many cases, a sleep study is necessary to evaluate your breathing and other body functions while you’re asleep. Tests can be done at home or in a professional sleep center, and your results give your MM Jersey City Breathing Center provider the information necessary to treat your condition.

How is a sleep disorder treated?

Treating a sleep disorder depends on the type of condition you have and your overall health. Treatment for the most common sleep disorders often involves a combination of lifestyle changes and medications to ease symptoms and help you achieve a higher quality of sleep.

If you have obstructive sleep apnea, you may also be a candidate for a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine that delivers oxygen into your body as you sleep, or you may require surgery to eliminate obstructions in your throat.

If you have symptoms of a sleep disorder, don’t delay an evaluation. Schedule an appointment by calling the MM Jersey City Breathing Center nearest you today.