Sleep Disorders

Rana's Family Medical -  - Primary Care

Rana's Family Medical

Primary Care Practice & Family Medicine located in Wilburton, OK

A good night’s sleep can make a difference in both your professional and personal life, yet 50-70 million American adults have a sleep disorder that prevents them from getting quality shut-eye. Gerald D. Rana, Jr., DO, DPH, of Rana’s Family Medical Clinic in Wilburton, Oklahoma, is a highly skilled family physician who specializes in diagnosing and treating sleep disorders so that you can get the rest you need to function optimally each day. If you’re up counting sheep more nights than not, contact Rana’s Family Medical Clinic, or use the online booking system, any time — day or night.

Sleep Disorders Q & A

What are sleep disorders?

A sleep disorder is any condition that prevents you from getting enough sleep or quality sleep. Sleep disorders may cause daytime drowsiness and numerous problems during your waking hours. The most common sleep disorders include:

  • Insomnia
  • Sleep apnea
  • Restless legs syndrome (RLS)
  • Narcolepsy

Insomnia makes it hard to fall asleep or stay asleep. Sleep apnea is an abnormal breathing disorder that prevents you from getting a restful night of sleep.

Restless legs syndrome keeps you up at night with the urge to move your legs. And, narcolepsy is characterized by such extreme daytime drowsiness that you may suddenly fall asleep during the day.

Other sleep disorders include:

  • Nightmares and night terrors
  • Sleepwalking
  • Talking in your sleep
  • Bed wetting
  • Teeth grinding

People of all ages, from children to adults, can suffer from sleep disorders. Left untreated, they can affect the quality of your life.

How do I know if I have insomnia?

At least 50% of adults have occasional insomnia, and 1 in 10 suffer from chronic insomnia. If you have any of the following experiences at least three nights a week for a month or more, you may suffer from chronic insomnia:

  • Trouble falling asleep, even though you’re tired
  • Waking up often during the night
  • Waking too early in the morning
  • Daytime drowsiness
  • Moodiness
  • Difficulty concentrating at work or while driving

Insomnia can also come and go, and it’s sometimes associated with other medical conditions or psychological problems.

How does a physician treat sleep apnea?

If you have obstructive sleep apnea, you stop breathing many times a night while you’re asleep. Sleep apnea is caused by a blocked airway when the soft tissue in the back of your throat collapses temporarily. Symptoms often include loud snoring, daytime sleepiness, and fatigue.

Dr. Rana takes a holistic approach to treating your sleep apnea and other sleep disorders. He considers all contributing factors such as:

  • Being overweight
  • Being a middle-aged male
  • Having high blood pressure
  • A family history of sleep apnea
  • Diet and lifestyle

Sleep apnea may improve when you make lifestyle and dietary changes, or when you get other health conditions under control.

When you have trouble sleeping or you feel tired and irritable during the day, it could be a sign of a sleep disorder. Learn how to get a good night’s sleep and prevent further health complications in the future. Call to schedule an exam, or use the online booking system to request an appointment.