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Sleep medicine specialists manage and treat conditions such as insomnia (habitual sleeplessness), sleep apnea (a serious sleep disorder that occurs when a person's breathing is interrupted during sleep) and narcolepsy (chronic uncontrollable daytime sleepiness).
Sleep disorders cause sleep deprivation to sufferers, significantly affecting health, performance and general well-being. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), characterized by signs of snoring, is the most common type of sleep apnea and is caused by complete or partial obstructions of the upper airway. Sleep study test to detect obstructive sleep apnea involves Polysomnography. Your heart, lung and brain activity, breathing patterns, arm and leg movements, and blood oxygen levels are monitored while you sleep.
Sleep apnea treatment is commonly treated with continuous positive airway pressure device (CPAP). CPAP involves a mask over the nose, and gently blows air to prevent the airway from closing during sleep. Use of CPAP helps stop snoring and prevent sleep apnea.
Insomnia and narcolepsy may be associated with psychiatric conditions such as depression or infectious diseases (sleeping sickness) and hence require collaboration with other medical specialties. In treating insomnia, narcolepsy and sleep apnoea, it is important to find a specialist who is well experienced and trained in this specialty
Sleep medicine works with a variety of other medical specialties in providing solutions to sleep problems and the main ones are psychiatry and endocrinology (since the sleep-wake cycle is partially controlled by hormones).
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