Dealing with Sleep Disorders

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Baptist Health Richmond: Dealing with Sleep Disorders

Neurologist DANIEL LEE, MD discusses the importance of a good night’s rest, explains how a sleep study works, and describes the best treatments for sleep disorders.

Dealing with Sleep Disorders Health Talks Transcript

Daniel O. Lee, MD

A person can tell that they have a sleep disorder if they wake up in the morning and they don’t feel refreshed or they have excessive daytime sleepiness. Or when they go to sleep, they find themselves having difficulty initiating sleep or maintaining sleep. Those are the symptoms that show they may need some help.

Larry Bailey, Richmond

Well, quite honestly my wife led me to ask about it. I had been having symptoms for a while, and she kept encouraging me to check into it, so that was really the start of it — the encouragement from her.

Daniel O. Lee, MD

In a sleep study, those patients will come to our sleep center. We’ll monitor the brain wave activity. We’ll monitor the breathing, monitor the heart and monitor all of those things. Then after that, we get back together and talk with them about it.

Larry Bailey

I have a BiPAP machine and a full face mask. I use it with a humidifier, and it works very well. I mean you notice on nights when you may not put it on for one reason or another, then the next day you can tell that you didn’t use it.

Daniel O. Lee, MD

We have come a long way in understanding sleep disorders and how important sleep is for all of us. You know we spend one-third of our life sleeping. If we don’t protect that period of time, it is going to have consequences on our daytime function.

 

Learn more about sleep center services at Baptist Health Richmond