Sleep Disorders & Sleep Wellness

Quiz: How Are You Sleeping?

If you’re getting to bed on time and staying there for recommended seven to eight hours, but still are routinely fatigued, you may have a sleep disorder. If you  answer to any of the following , call Dr. Ramasamy today!

  •  Do you unintentionally fall asleep during the day?
  • Does it take longer than 30 minutes for you to fall asleep?
  • To fall asleep at night, do you need pharmaceuticals, alcohol, or other drugs?
  • In bed, do you have the uncontrollable urge to move your legs?
  • Do you snore?
  • Do you wake up easily during the night?
  • If you wake in the night, do you have trouble going back to sleep?
  • Do you have pain that interferes with sleep?
  • Do you have frequent nightmares?

STOP-BANG Scoring Model: Screening for Obstructive Sleep Apena

S (Snoring)  Do you snore loudly ( louder than talking or loud enough to be heard through the closed doors?)

T (Tired) Do you often feel tired, fatigued, or sleepy during daytime?

O (Observed) Has anyone observed you stop breathing during your sleep?

P ( Blood Pressure) Do you have or are you being treated for high blood pressure?

B (BMI) BMI more than 35 kg/m?

A (Age) Age over 50 years old?

N (Neck circumference) greater than 40 cm (16 in) ?

G (Gender) Gender male?

What is a Sleep Disorder and How Frequent can it be?

A sleep disorders is a case when a person is prevented from getting a restful sleep, which can causes daytime sleepiness and dysfunction. There are over eighty different types of sleep disorders. About sixty million Americans suffer from them.

Most Common Sleep Disorders are: 

  • Insomnia
  • Sleep apnea
  • Restless legs syndrome

What is Insomnia?

Insomnia is when a person experiences difficulty falling asleep, difficulty staying asleep, or wake up too early unable to fall back to sleep. Often people find themselves still tired after waking up. Which can impact a person’s relationships, work performance and overall quality of life.

In order to be diagnosed with Insomnia, one must have the following symptoms difficulty falling asleep at night, waking up during the night, waking up too early, not feeling well-rested after a night’s sleep, daytime tiredness or sleepiness, irritability, depression, and anxiety to name a few.

It’s time to see a physician when a your daily functions are too difficult than they once were due to the symptom(s) listed above. A primary doctor will determine if in fact there is a sleep disorder which is when the patient would be referred to a sleep specialist.

What is Sleep Apnea ?

Many people have heard of this sleep disorder or know people who have been diagnosed with it. A person’s breathing is interrupted while they are sleeping. For those that have not been diagnosed they may very well stop breathing many times during their sleep.

Two different types for this disorder: obstructive and central.

  • Obstructive sleep apnea ( OSA): Snoring, neckline more than sixteen inches, diabetes, high blood pressure. Heart arrhythmia and atrial fibrillation.
  • Central sleep apnea (CSA): family will report silent pauses while person is sleeping, indicating no breathing . Risk factors are heart failure and stroke.

What is Restless Legs Syndrome?

Restless legs syndrome (RLS) is a disorder that causes the legs to move or an urge to move the legs. Typically lying down in bed and sitting for long periods of time can can trigger RLS to start. Often RLS will start early in the evenings which will  make falling asleep difficult. Those that do experience this disorder find themselves struggling with daytime sleepiness, irritability and concentration. Walking around or shaking one’s leg will helps to bring some relief.


About Our Facility

Neurology & Sleep Medicine is conveniently located off Golf Course Road in Rio Rancho, New Mexico. Our facility is designed for patient comfort, which is evident from the time you enter our waiting room. We have inviting consultation areas and four fully-equipped sleep laboratories furnished to provide the comforts of home during your diagnostic and/or treatment sleep study.

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