Sleeping Disorders Specialist

Marc Braman, MD -  - Preventive Medicine Specialist

Northwest Lifestyle Medicine

Marc Braman, MD

Preventive Medicine Specialist located in Salem, OR

Residents from in and around Salem, Oregon can seek assessment and treatment for sleep disorders with Dr. Marc Braman at Northwest Lifestyle Medicine.

Sleep Disorders Q & A

How do I know if I have sleep apnea, and do I need to take a sleep test?

If you think you have sleep apnea, we can help you sort it out. Here at Northwest Lifestyle Medicine we evaluate your sleep issues. We work with local sleep medicine specialists to coordinate testing and we offer more than typical treatment options. We understand sleep issues; from commercial driver’s needs to impact on other medical conditions, we can help you take charge of your sleep.

What are the most common types of sleep disorders?

Not being able to sleep, otherwise known as insomnia, is the most common type of sleep disorder. While insomnia is an easily-recognized sleep disorder, most people with obstructive sleep apnea don’t know they have it. When you have obstructive sleep apnea your airway closes up while you are sleeping and you stop breathing all through the night. This can contribute to chronic heart disease, poor blood sugar control, depression, fatigue, and many other conditions. Another increasingly common type of sleep disorder is restless legs syndrome. One feels like they have to keep moving their legs or they twitch and move uncontrollably, significantly disturbing sleep.

Can you tell me what typical sleep disorder symptoms are?

It really depends on the sleep problem. Symptoms can be very obvious trouble sleeping, or symptoms that are completely unrecognized. When you come to see Dr. Braman at Northwest Lifestyle Medicine in Salem, Oregon, we will take a thorough sleep history to identify what is happening. We can then walk you through your options and successful treatment.

What treatment options are there for Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)?

Typical treatment is CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure), which involves a mask strapped to one’s face with a machine blowing in air to keep one’s airway from collapsing during the night. While this can make a world of difference for people, and we highly recommend people use it as needed, it is not the best long-term solution for most. The #1 cause of OSA is obesity. The best long term solution is substantial long-term weight loss. And, you’re in luck, we are lifestyle medicine experts and can help you be in charge of your weight. Most can then safely no longer need CPAP because they no longer have OSA. We also review other treatment options with patients who can’t tolerate CPAP or just want more options.

What happens If I don’t treat my sleeping disorders?

Sleep is one of the fundamentals of life, along with eating and moving. Sleep is when our bodies do much of their healing, and getting ready for the next day. It is when pain systems reset, and emotions reset. There is almost nothing unaffected by sleep. The last thing you want is to have one of your fundamentals creating disease instead of health. Call Dr. Braman today to schedule an appointment for help with your sleep. Why suffer when you don’t have to?