Sleep center in Austin, Texas
An undiagnosed sleep disorder can potentially lead to health complications, such as high blood pressure or heart attack. That is why our sleep specialists at the Sleep Disorders Center at the Heart Hospital of Austin are here to help diagnose and treat your sleep disorder, so you can get the rest you need.
Additionally, our cardiologists provide specialized follow-up heart care to determine if your sleep disorder is causing or has caused any heart complications.
For more information about our sleep center, please call us at (512) 407-REST (7378).
Sleep disorders we treat
Our sleep specialists are experienced in diagnosing and treating a wide range of sleep disorders. These include:
- Insomnia—Insomnia is characterized by the inability to fall or remain asleep. Patients who experience insomnia typically complain of being unable to close their eyes or "rest their mind" for more than a few minutes at a time.
- Narcolepsy—Narcolepsy is marked by an uncontrollable desire for sleep or sudden sleep attacks.
- Parasomnias—Parasomnias describe sleep disorders that cause abnormal behavior while sleeping. The behavior can occur during any stage of sleep. The most common examples of parasomnias include:
- Severe tremors
- Sleep terrors
- Sleepwalking or talking in your sleep
- Teeth grinding
- Periodic limb movements (PLM) and restless legs syndrome—These conditions are marked by involuntary muscle contractions of the legs or arms during sleep.
- Sleep apnea—Sleep apnea causes interruptions in breathing during sleep that leads individuals to wake frequently throughout the night, but they may not be aware of it. Because their sleep is interrupted, they can often feel tired without being able to identify a reason why.
Overnight sleep studies
To ensure we accurately diagnose your condition, we perform overnight sleep studies. During a sleep study, you will stay in one of our rooms specially designed to track your sleep as well as your brainwaves, heart rate, oxygen levels and sleep phases. When the sleep study is over the next morning, you will be able to return to your normal activities.
Sleep disorders at St. David's HealthCare
Sleep disorders refer to a change or disturbance in a patient’s normal sleep pattern. Sleep disorders may affect the amount of sleep and quality of sleep someone receives. Sleep timing may also be of concern in the case of disorders like narcolepsy. Sleep disorders can be linked to both medical and emotional causes.Learn about Sleep disorders