Sleep Medicine

Looking for a sleep medicine doctor in San Diego?

Scripps Affiliated Medical Groups is your source for a list of San Diego’s most knowledgeable sleep health specialists. Sleep medicine is the study of sleep and sleep-related conditions and disorders. A sleep medicine specialist is a medical doctor who has completed additional training and education in the field of sleep medicine.

It is estimated that more than 40 million Americans suffer from sleeping disorders. Because sleep is an important part of renewing your mental and physical health every day, disrupted sleep and sleep syndromes can affect your productivity, mood, and even have long-term health consequences. In some rare cases, sleep disorders can even be life-threatening. Some of the most common sleep-related conditions include: insomnia, sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome, narcolepsy, and assorted sleep disorders associated with medical or psychiatric disorders.

Sleep medicine physicians study and evaluate patients’ sleep problems and develop treatment programs targeted to the patients’ unique sleeping disorders. Some common treatments and procedures include: in-depth consultations, diagnostic studies including polysomnography and CPAP titration, overnight oximetry, and multiple sleep latency testing. A sleep medicine specialist may work in a multidisciplinary team of specialists including neurologists, pulmonologists, primary care doctors, bariatric surgeons, psychiatrists, and dentists in order to provide the best management and/or treatment plan depending on your sleep health condition.

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Insomnia

Insomnia, or sleeplessness, is a sleep disorder characterized by difficulty falling and/or staying asleep. Insomnia may be categorized as acute (short term) or chronic (long term).

Insomnia can by caused by a range of factors, including:

  • Emotional problems / stress
  • Environmental (i.e. noise)
  • Illness / injury
  • Medications
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Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a potentially life-threatening condition characterized by repeated paused, shallow, or infrequent breathing while sleeping. A sleep medicine physician can offer treatment.

There are two main types of sleep apnea:

  • Obstructive (when the throat muscles relax)
  • Central (when the brain doesn’t send necessary signals to muscles that control breathing)
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Snoring

Snoring happens when air flows past relaxed tissues in your throat, causing the tissues to vibrate and create an often irritating sound. Snoring may be an indicator of a serious health condition.

Here are some ways to help reduce or prevent snoring:

  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Avoid alcohol before bed
  • Sleep on your side
  • Devices / surgery (severe cases)
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