Sleep Disorders Specialist

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Humble Family Practice

Family Medicine located in Humble, TX & Atascocita, TX

Everyone has a disrupted night of sleep occasionally. However, if your sleep is interrupted frequently and you suffer from extreme daytime fatigue you may have a sleep disorder. At Humble Family Practice, with locations in Humble and Atascocita, Texas, the team of expert physicians diagnoses and treats sleep disorders such as insomnia, sleep apnea, and restless leg syndrome. Call Humble Family Practice today or make an appointment online for expert help with your sleep troubles.

Sleep Disorders Q & A

What are Common Sleep Disorders?

In addition to the 20 million Americans who report occasional sleepless nights, approximately 40 million Americans suffer from sleep disorders every year. It’s estimated that nearly a third of the population isn’t getting enough quality sleep.

There are many sleep disorders. However, the most common are insomnia, sleep apnea, and restless leg syndrome.

  • Insomnia: Insomnia is a condition where you have trouble falling or staying asleep. You might wake up throughout the night, or much earlier than you intend to, or you might lie in bed counting an infinite number of sheep as you wait for sleep. Insomnia is often caused by stress and anxiety as well as pain, allergies, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and endocrine diseases like hyperthyroidism.
  • Sleep Apnea: Sleep apnea is a condition where the soft tissues at the back of your mouth and throat relax and block your airways while you sleep, causing you to snore and snort, which clears your airway, but also wakes you up. This cycle can repeat up to 30 times every hour while you sleep. Sleep apnea is linked to obesity, age, smoking, and sinus problems.
  • Restless Leg Syndrome: Restless leg syndrome causes an uncomfortable feeling in your legs — or other parts of your body — that triggers an irresistible urge to move or shift. It’s often worst at night, preventing you from falling asleep. The cause of restless leg syndrome isn’t fully understood, but pregnancy and specific medications and illness can trigger your symptoms.

What are the Warning Signs of a Sleep Disorder?

It’s entirely possible to have a sleep disorder without knowing it. For example, sleep apnea could wake you up dozens of times throughout the night, but you might not know it. The primary sign of a sleep disorder is daytime fatigue. You might also be irritable and have trouble concentrating or making decisions.

How are Sleep Disorders Treated?

The team at Humble Family Practice offers customized treatment designed to address your sleep disorder and specific symptoms. This may involve treating an underlying health problem, prescribing medication, or introducing lifestyle modifications.

If you’re concerned about a sleep disorder, call Humble Family Practice or make an appointment online today.