Glendale Sleep Disorders Center
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WHO WE ARE...

Glendale Sleep Disorders Center provides the highest quality diagnosis and
treatment services to improve the care and quality of life for people suffering
from sleep disorders.

We are a comprehensive clinical facility diagnosing and treating the full
spectrum of  sleep/wake disorders, staffed by Physicians with specialty training
in Sleep Medicine and Nurse Practitioners.
We invite you to browse our website to learn how we can assist you.


How do I know if I need a sleep study?

Do you snore?

  • DOES anyone complain about your snoring?
  • DO YOU have excessive daytime sleepiness?
  • DOES anyone complain of your excessive movement while sleeping?
  • DO YOU awaken in the morning with headaches?
  • HAVE YOU ever fallen asleep while driving?
  • ARE YOU anxious or depressed?
  • DO YOU have a decreased interest in sex?

IF YOU ANSWERED, “YES” TO ONE OR MORE OF THESE QUESTIONS….

You may be one of the many people in America who are affected by sleep
disorders ranging from snoring to sleep apnea (interruptions in breathing), to
insomnia and narcolepsy (inability to stay awake). You should not be
embarrassed by these conditions, but you should be concerned.

What is sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that only occurs when you are asleep. If you
quit breathing when you are asleep, then you have sleep apnea. These spells
of “breath-holding” usually last at least ten seconds in duration. They may
occur without you even knowing about them. You may tend to feel low on
energy and even drowsy during the day. Other problems you may have are
morning headaches, poor memory and concentration, irritability and loss of sex
drive. In addition, your spouse may complain that you snore loudly. Some
people will even awaken themselves by snoring.

Why does sleep apnea occur?

  1. Excessive Tissue – When you are asleep the tongue and other muscles in
    the throat relax. This floppy tissue can decrease the size of your airway.
    As a result, your airway closes and airflow stops periodically during sleep.
  2. Weight – During sleep, excessive weight around the neck and chest can
    create a narrowing of the airway due to the weight of muscles relaxing on
    the throat and chest. If you have a large neck or are clinically overweight
    you may suffer from sleep apnea.
    Patient airway vs. occluded airway (GSDC, 2005)

Do I have sleep apnea?

If you get up in the morning feeling as though you haven't slept, feel irritable,
short-tempered, and sometimes have difficulty concentrating, this could be due to
depletion of oxygen to the brain. The brain knows just how much oxygen it needs
to function properly and without the proper amount you will feel drained. The fact
that you don't feel well will show in your actions and performance at school or
work the following day. Chronic snorers tend to develop high blood pressure and
are more apt to have heart and lung problems than non-snorers.

If snoring or any of the Following in the LIST below AFFECTS you
or a loved one contact us …
  Often
Seldom
Never
Restless Sleep
 
 
 
Very loud, heavy snoring
 
 
 
Daytime sleepiness
 
 
 
Decreased daytime alertness
 
 
 
Irritability or short temper
 
 
 
Morning Headaches
 
 
 
Forgetfulness
 
 
 
Mood or behavior changes       
 
 
 
Anxiety or Depression
 
 
 
Decreased interest in sex
 
 
 
If you have any one or more of these symptoms you may have sleep apnea. Talk
to your doctor to see if testing is recommended

What Else Should I Know?

Sleep apnea is a potentially life-threatening disorder and will only get worse if left
untreated. If this sounds like something that may affect you, please do not
hesitate to discuss it with your physician today or call us for more information.
Glendale Sleep Disorders Center
(818)543-7141
(818)450-0341
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