Sleep doctors in Austin and Central Texas
Sleep is vital to our well-being, so if you have a sleep disorder, you know how it can take a toll on other areas of your health. In fact, an undiagnosed sleep disorder can sometimes increase your risk of developing more serious health conditions.
At St. David's HealthCare, our sleep specialists provide accurate diagnoses for everything from sleep apnea to restless legs syndrome. From there, we provide effective treatment solutions to help you get quality sleep and improve your overall health.
To learn more about our sleep disorder services, please call (512) 341-6166.
Sleep conditions we treat
We offer treatment for a wide range of sleep conditions, including:
Sleep apnea and snoring
Everyone snores occasionally. However, persistent snoring can be a symptom of a more serious problem known as sleep apnea. Sleep apnea causes interruptions in breathing during sleep, waking you up frequently throughout the night. This can lead to fatigue during the day. If left untreated, it also has the potential to cause shortness of breath, chest pain and high blood pressure. These can lead to life-threatening health problems, such as heart disease or stroke.
Insomnia is characterized by an inability to sleep and/or remain asleep for a reasonable period of time. Insomniacs typically complain of being unable to close their eyes or "rest their minds" for more than a few minutes at a time. Finding the underlying cause of insomnia is usually necessary to cure it.
Symptoms may include:
- Depression or stress
- Disturbing thoughts while trying to sleep
- Waking during the night and going back to sleep with difficulty
- Lying awake for more than half an hour before falling asleep
Narcolepsy is a condition marked by an uncontrollable desire for sleep or sudden attacks of weakness occurring during moments of strong emotions. Related symptoms and warning signs include:
- A feeling of “going limp” when angry or surprised
- Excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS)
- Cataplexy—an episodic condition featuring loss of muscle function, ranging from slight weakness to complete body collapse
- Disturbed or fragmented sleep
- Paralysis when falling asleep or waking up
- Vivid nightmares or hallucinations when falling asleep or waking up
Periodic limb movements (PLMs) and “restless legs” syndrome
PLMs and restless legs syndrome are marked by involuntary muscle contractions of the legs or arms during sleep. Symptoms may include:
- Crawling sensations in legs
- Daytime sleepiness
- Kicking at night
- Muscle tension in legs
Parasomnias are disorders that cause a disruption during rapid eye movement (REM) sleep or non-rapid eye movement (NREM) sleep. The most common examples of parasomnias include:
- Movement disorder
- Severe nightmares/tremors
- Sleep terrors
- Sleepwalking or sleep talking
- Stress and depression
- Teeth grinding
What to expect during your sleep study
To diagnose sleep conditions, we offer overnight sleep studies. During your sleep study, you will spend the night in a private room. Before you go to sleep, your registered technologist will attach monitoring devices to track your brainwaves, heart rate, oxygen levels and REMs. The next morning, the technologist will remove the monitoring devices, and you will be able to resume your daily activities.
After your sleep study
After your overnight stay, we will score your sleep study and your sleep disorders physician will analyze the results. You will typically receive your results within 10 business days. Based on your results, your physician will determine the best method of treatment. This may include learning to sleep in a different position, losing weight or wearing a mouthpiece at night. Other treatments may include medication, wearing a nasal mask at night or surgery.
Where to go for your sleep study
We have two sleep centers that offer sleep studies.
Heart Hospital of Austin
The Heart Hospital of Austin's sleep centers are located at:
3801 N. Lamar Blvd.
Austin, TX 78756
9707 Anderson Mill Road, Suite 100
Austin, TX 78750