Sleep Disorder Center at VMC
What is a sleep disorder?
More than 40 million Americans suffer from a sleep disorder, such as snoring or insomnia. Problems with sleep can cause devastating results. Types of sleep problems include:
- Snoring – Snoring can be a symptom of obstructive sleep apnea.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea – A blockage in the back of the throat that results in snoring and pauses in breathing during sleep.
- Restless Leg Syndrome – Characterized by uncomfortable sensations in the legs or feet before going to sleep. Once asleep, this causes brief leg movements.
Signs of a sleep disorder
- Loud snoring
- Witnessed cessation of breathing (apnea) while asleep
- Gasping or snorting while asleep
- Excessive daytime sleepiness, including falling asleep at inappropriate times (i.e., in meetings or while reading, watching television, talking to someone, or driving
- Feeling unrefreshed upon awakening
- Difficulties with concentration or memory
- Personality changes or depression
- Morning headaches
- Dry mouth and throat upon awakening
- Restless sleep
- Leg swelling
- Hyperactive behavior in children
What happens at the Sleep Center?Using state-of-the-art computer technology, diagnostic sleep studies are performed to diagnose a variety of sleep disorders in adults and children.
Craig Calloway, MD, F.A.C.S, serves as Director of Visalia Medical Clinic’s Sleep Disorder Center. He is a Board Certified Otolaryngologist and Head & Neck Surgeon. He is also a member of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the American Sleep Disorders Association.
Symptoms and Dangers
- Daytime fatigue
- Daytime sleepiness
- Low energy levels
- Waking up feeling tired
- Difficulty concentrating
- Weight gain
- Reflux (heartburn)
- Difficulty sleeping
- Chronic pain
- Feeling the need to sleep more
than 7-8 hours a day
- Frequent accidents
- Jittery legs
- Mild to severe depression
- Decreased sexual desire
- Bed wetting
- Sleep-time anxiety
- High blood pressure
- Heart problems