Get back to a restful night’s sleep with the help of Acclaim Physician Group. From diagnosis through treatment and support, you’ll find the answers you need to improve your sleep and overall health.
What Is Sleep Medicine?
Sleep medicine is the diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders, common conditions that make it difficult to get a good night’s sleep. Sleep disorders can affect your quality of life, but they’re often treatable with better sleep habits, medications, or medical devices.
Symptoms & Sleep Disorders
Your primary care provider may refer you to a sleep medicine expert if you experience:
- Breathing that stops and starts during sleep (sleep apnea)
- Daytime sleepiness or extreme fatigue that makes it hard to complete tasks or concentrate
- Loud, disruptive snoring
- Nightmares or night terrors
- Restless legs, or the urge to move your legs in bed or while you sleep (restless leg syndrome)
- Sudden sleep attacks (narcolepsy)
- Trouble falling asleep or staying asleep (insomnia)
Sleep Testing & Diagnosis
Based on your symptoms, your doctor may order a sleep study. Sleep studies can take place at home or in a sleep lab.
During a sleep study, your breathing, oxygen, and heart rate are monitored through small sensors attached to your body. Your doctor uses the results from your sleep study to determine a treatment plan.
Your doctor may also recommend a sleep journal for you to record your sleep patterns and symptoms.
Treatment for Better Sleep
Depending on your diagnosis, your doctor may recommend:
- Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine – Provides constant airflow to the lungs through a hose and mask during sleep; can be monitored and adjusted remotely by your doctor to deliver the best care for your body’s needs
- Lifestyle changes – Includes dietary changes, weight loss, and exercise to help promote health and wellness for better sleep
- Medication – Helps you get to sleep, stay asleep, or prevent other symptoms
- Practice of good sleep habits – Includes going to bed and getting up at the same time every day, eliminating screen use before bed, and more
Exceptional Care Close to Home
Turn to sleep specialists in Tarrant County with certifications from the American Board of Sleep Medicine and American Board of Internal Medicine. Your sleep care team works closely with other specialists, such as pulmonologists and respiratory therapists, neurologists, or otolaryngologists (ear, nose, and throat specialists).