A startling 40 million Americans suffer from some form of sleep disorder. Sleep disorders can lead to significant health problems and reduced quality of life. Everyday examples highlight the significance of sleep disorders: the person who snores so loudly that they disturb the sleep of others; the person who stops breathing frequently during the night; the baby who stops breathing and has to be rushed to the emergency room; the person who falls asleep on short drives or in social situations, or who has difficulty staying awake at work or school; the person who has difficulty sleeping night after night and loses hope that sleep will be normal again. These are common examples of patients who suffer from sleep disorders.
The Loma Linda University Sleep Disorders Center has served patients affected by sleep disorders since 1982 with specialized facilities in Loma Linda. As an accredited member of the American Sleep Disorders Association, our medical staff is uniquely educated and trained to provide for the needs of patients with sleep disorders. Our state-of-the art facilities are designed to provide a comfortable sleeping environment where patients receive optimal care. We are dedicated to serving the needs of patients suffering from sleep disorders.
Sleep apnea occurs when a person stops breathing during sleep. Sleep apnea can be a severe medical condition significantly affecting sleepers from infancy to adulthood.
Classic symptoms of sleep apnea usually involve one or more of the three signs:
- Sleepiness during the daytime
- Sleep apnea
Commonly, other people such as a spouse, relative, or friend report these symptoms. The sleeper is usually unaware of any problem. Obstructive sleep apnea occurs due to a blockage of the airway from a variety of causes. The severity of sleep apnea can range from mild snoring, to life threatening conditions, including increased risk of stroke, heart complications, and a greater risk of vehicle accidents.
Narcolepsy is a medical disorder causing patients to become so sleepy that it is difficult to stay awake for normal daytime functions. Narcolepsy may also be associated with the inability to move upon awakening, vivid dreams which occur outside the regular sleep period, and difficulty maintaining muscle tone during emotional times such as anger or laughter.
Insomnia or the inability to sleep occurs in almost everyone occasionally. However, when the insomnia persists nightly for longer than two weeks, this may signal a more serious problem. Depression and anxiety which can cause insomnia, can be treated. In addition, the use of alcohol, nicotine, caffeine, or certain medications may also disrupt sleep.
The good news is that most patients with sleep disorders respond well to treatment. The professionals at the Sleep Disorders Center work closely with other medical and surgical specialists at Loma Linda University Medical Center and are experts in using the most advanced techniques in the field of sleep disorders medicine.
Your First Step
For a consultation with a sleep medical specialist ask your personal physician for a referral to the Sleep Disorders Center or you may call us directly at: (909) 558-6344 for appointment information. Most major insurance carriers cover sleep disorders evaluation and treatment, including private insurance, HMOs, Medicare and Medi-cal. We encourage you to check with your particular insurance company to be certain of your coverage.
Ralph Downey III, PhD, director, Sleep Disorders Center
Diplomate, American Board of Sleep Medicine
Fellow, American Academy of Sleep Medicine
Philip M. Gold, MD, medical director,
Adult Sleep Disorders Center
Richard E. Chinnock, MD, medical director,
Sleep Disorders Center for Infants and Children
Loma Linda Sleep Disorders Center
11360 Mountain View Avenue
Hartford Building, Suite D
Loma Linda, CA 92354
Loma Linda University University Health Care
Faculty Medical Offices (LLUHC FMO)
11370 Anderson Street
Loma Linda, California 92354