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Sleep Disorders

Houston Pulmonary, Sleep & Allergy Associates

Pulmonologists, Allergists, & Sleep Medicine Doctors located in Houston, TX & Cypress, TX

Feeling very sleepy during the day and having trouble falling asleep at night are common signs of a sleep disorder. The team at Houston Pulmonary, Sleep & Allergy Associates, provides comprehensive diagnosis and care for all types of sleep disorders. As a one-stop-shop for sleep consultations, sleep testing, and treatments, their goal is to give you a good night’s sleep. Call one of the convenient locations in Cypress and Houston, Texas, or book your consultation online today.

Sleep Disorders Q & A

What are the types of sleep disorders?

Sleep disorders come in many different forms. Some of the most common ones are:

Insomnia

Insomnia is the most prevalent sleep disorder. This condition makes it difficult to fall asleep, stay asleep, or makes you wake up in the middle of the night.

Narcolepsy

Narcolepsy is a long-term disorder affecting your sleep-wake cycle. The condition may make you feel extremely sleepy during the day and disturb your sleep at night.

Parasomnias

Parasomnias is a disruptive type of sleep disorder. With this condition, you might sleepwalk, have brief moments of sleep paralysis, or experience night terrors, a kind of nightmare that’s so frightening it makes you wake up.

Snoring

Snoring is a common condition caused by a blocked airway. Snoring also can be a warning sign of an underlying sleep disorder, such as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).

Sleep apnea

Sleep apnea is a potentially dangerous sleep disorder. You may stop breathing for 10 seconds or more with sleep apnea.

How do I know whether I have a sleep disorder?

You can expect your sleep specialist at Houston Pulmonary, Sleep & Allergy Associates, to review your medical history. They ask you for details about your sleeping difficulties and perform a physical exam. 

Depending on what your sleep specialist finds, they may recommend a sleep study. A sleep study is a tool to diagnose obstructive sleep apnea. Houston Pulmonary, Sleep & Allergy Associates offers convenient at-home sleep studies, where you use a small portable machine to monitor and record data about your body as you sleep. The device is around the size of a telephone handset. 

The device gathers information about your sleep patterns, breathing, and other data. Your sleep specialist at Houston Pulmonary, Sleep & Allergy Associates, then reviews the data to determine the best treatment plan for your sleep disorder.

How are sleep disorders treated?

Your sleep specialist at Houston Pulmonary, Sleep & Allergy Associates may recommend a breathing device to wear as you sleep. They may suggest a:

  • Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) device
  • Bi-level positive airway pressure (BiPAP) device
  • Automatic continuous positive airway pressure (AutoCPAP) device

These all work a little differently. A CPAP delivers a continuous flow of the same amount of air, while a BiPAP and AutoCPAP adjust the airflow as you inhale and exhale. Your sleep specialist walks you through what to expect from your device.

If you’re ready for a good night’s sleep, trust the sleep experts at Houston Pulmonary, Sleep & Allergy Associates. Call or schedule a consultation online today to discuss your sleep disorder.