Our board-certified sleep medicine pulmonologists and specialists diagnose and treat the full range of adult and pediatric sleep disorders, including idiopathic hypersomnia, insomnia, narcolepsy, obstructive sleep apnea, sleep-related eating disorders, restless legs syndrome, snoring and snoreplasty.
Should your sleep be evaluated?
- Do you have difficulty getting to sleep or staying asleep?
- Do you have a problem with snoring?
- Do you have “active” legs or restlessness at night?
- Do you feel tired when you wake up in the morning?
- Do you feel fatigued or having low energy during the daytime?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, then a complete sleep evaluation should be considered and discussed with your physician.
We specialize in:
- Sleep Apnea
- Excessive daytime sleepiness (hypersomnia)
- Restless Leg Syndrome
- Periodic Limb Movement Disorder
- Abnormal sleep behaviors and sleep walking (parasomnias)
- Irregular sleep patterns (circadian rhythm disorder)
- Comprehensive Sleep Evaluation/Treatment
- Home and In-Lab Sleep Studies
- Cognitive and Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia
- Pediatric Sleep (ages 4 and up)
Blue Light Effect
Electronic devices emit an artificial blue light that can suppress the release of the body’s sleep-inducing hormone, melatonin. In turn, this can interfere with the body’s natural internal clock that signals when it’s time to sleep and wake up. The more time you spend in front of an electronic device, especially in the evening, the greater the delay in the release of melatonin, making sleep a challenge. They may experience problems falling asleep as well as difficulty staying asleep. As a result, you sleep fewer overall hours; over time, that sleep deprivation can lead to symptoms of depression.
Getting Back on Track
Limiting overall daily screen time can help improve sleep issues, but most importantly, restricting use right before bed can play a key role in helping you fall asleep faster and improve sleep quality. Consider setting a digital curfew one to two hours before bedtime (the earlier, the better). Create a sleep-positive bedroom environment by encouraging teens to read before bed rather than texting to wind down. Some parents institute a tech-free bedroom policy—no TV, computer, or smart phone allowed in the sleeping space, at least during the night. – National Sleep Foundation