Sleep Medicine

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Boston PainCare

Pain Management located in Waltham, Concord & Natik, MA

If you’re tired all day despite enough hours of sleep, or if you snore every night, you may have a sleep disorder that harms your quality of sleep — and perhaps your overall health as well. At Boston SleepCare, with offices in Waltham, Concord, and by appointment in Natick, Massachusetts, James C. O’Brien, MD, the director of sleep medicine, and his staff offer comprehensive diagnostic and treatment services for sleep difficulties. With the convenience of in-office sleep studies, you can learn more about what’s impacting your sleep and how to improve it. Schedule a sleep medicine consultation today online or by calling the office nearest you.

Sleep Medicine Q & A

What are the Symptoms of Poor-Quality Sleep?

Even if you get enough hours of sleep, you may not realize that your sleep quality isn’t what it should be. Common symptoms that may indicate you have a sleep disorder or other sleep issue include:

  • Fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • Restless legs
  • Chronic snoring
  • Nighttime heartburn
  • Memory problems

In some cases, anxiety and depression can also signal something is wrong with your sleep.

What is the Goal of Sleep Medicine?

The staff at Boston SleepCare offers both diagnostic and treatment options to address issues that affect your quality of sleep. These issues may include:

  • Stress
  • Sleep disorders
  • Lifestyle habits
  • Environmental factors
  • Underlying medical conditions

The goal of treatment with sleep medicine is to better understand what disrupts your sleep and address it effectively. Custom treatment plans help to improve the quality and quantity of your sleep to enhance your overall health.

What are Common Sleep Disorders?

One of the most common sleep disorders is sleep apnea. This condition results when you can’t get enough oxygen into your lungs while you sleep.

The common causes of sleep apnea include:

  • Smoking
  • Alcohol use
  • Being overweight
  • High blood pressure
  • Airway obstructions

You may also be at increased risk for developing sleep apnea if your parents or siblings have the condition. If left untreated, sleep apnea can cause heart disease, stroke, or a heart attack.

Narcolepsy is another type of sleep disorder that causes you to feel excessive sleepiness, episodes of sleep paralysis, and even hallucinations.

How is a Sleep Disorder Diagnosed?

Boston SleepCare offers in-house sleep studies that monitor your movements and breathing patterns while you sleep.

During your study, you get to sleep in a comfortable space, reminiscent of an elegant hotel. You can wind down by reading or watching television before you fall asleep. A sleep technician stays in a nearby room to monitor and record vital information about your sleep.

You may also benefit from a home sleep study, which uses a portable monitoring device to record your sleep activity from the comfort of your own bed. A home study is best for those age 30-50 who want to improve sleep and enjoy optimal health.

Your provider discusses your results of either study at a follow-up visit and can determine the best course of treatment for your needs.

Schedule a sleep study consultation today online or by phone.

What we offer

Pain Management Services