Patients with symptoms of insomnia, sleep apnea, snoring, narcolepsy and many other sleep disorders will first meet with one of our otolaryngologists specializing in sleep medicine. If a sleep study is needed, your patient will have the option of staying at The Sleep Center at SouthPark, nationally-accredited from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine or offer a sleep study in the comfort of your own home. After diagnosis, our multidisciplinary team of specialists can then recommend a range of treatment options, including sleep medicine, CPAP therapy and surgery, all of which can be done in-house.

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CPAP masks and CPAP machines are supposed to help you sleep better, and yet many people have such difficulty becoming accustomed to the masks that they stop using them entirely. We understand how trying it can be to sleep with a CPAP machine, especially if you are not accustomed to it. Many struggle with CPAP compliance and have trouble sleeping with the mask on or accepting the airflow it provides. Of course, a CPAP machine will only benefit you if you are using it.

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When most people think of insomnia, they think of someone who struggles to sleep and thus stays up through all hours of the night. Sleeplessness is the most common symptom of insomnia, but it’s not the only one.

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Restless legs syndrome — sometimes referred to as Willis-Ekbom disease — is a disorder in which unpleasant tickling or itching sensations create an urge to move one’s legs. It is considered a sleep disorder because it often affects people as they are going to sleep or relaxing. Many people with restless legs syndrome also experience limb jerking during sleep.

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Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder in which a person’s breathing is interrupted during sleep. Approximately 18 million Americans have sleep apnea, though many are not diagnosed with the sleep disorder. Oftentimes the person who suffers from sleep apnea is not even aware their breathing is stopped or slowed during sleep; rather, they are told about their condition by others who witness it. They may also suffer from symptoms of sleep apnea without knowing that is what they derive from. People with sleep apnea often exhibit “excessive daytime sleepiness,” moodiness, depression and a decrease in alterness. A polysomnogram (or sleep study) allows a sleep doctor or technician to diagnose the condition.

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Sleep terrors, or night terrors, is a sleep disorder in which sleepers experience feelings of dread or terror, usually during stage three or four sleep (non REM).

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Sleep disorders are very common, with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reporting that sleep deprivation affects more than 25 percent of Americans. Sleep is a critical component of a healthy lifestyle and disease prevention. In today’s fast-paced world, many people have trouble working in the amount of sleep they need each night. The term “sleep disorders” can refer to a wide variety of disorders that either prevent or disrupt sleep.

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Sleepwalking — also known as somnambulism — is a sleep disorder in which sleepers arise from their sleep and perform activities such as walking, sitting up, cleaning, cooking and driving.

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We don’t need to tell you what snoring is. Chances are good you’ve heard it at some point during your life, or perhaps you snore yourself. After all, studies show that between 30-50 percent of adults snore. We’re all more than familiar what snoring sounds like — but what causes it?

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The Sleep Center at SouthPark, a division of Charlotte Eye Ear Nose & Throat Associates, P.A. is located in Charlotte’s SouthPark neighborhood not far from CEENTA’s SouthPark location. If you come in due to a sleep-related issue, you will initially speak with an otolaryngologist specializing in sleep medicine.

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