Sleep medicine physicians identify sleep disorders, such as insomnia, sleep apnea, snoring, narcolepsy, restless leg syndrome, and sleepwalking. Sleep medicine is an accredited specialty devoted to the diagnosis, testing, and treatment of sleep disturbances. A sleep study, or polysomnogram, is typically performed overnight in a specialized center where technicians attach painless electrodes to a patient to monitor his breathing, heart rate, brain activity, and cycles and stages of sleep. Sleep medicine physicians are often board-certified in related specialties, such as pulmonology. Left untreated, sleep disorders may increase risk for heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, and other conditions.
Pulmonary Associates physicians conduct sleep studies at Providence Hospital.