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Sleep Disorders Program

Last Updated Thursday, November 07, 2013 2:53:05 PM


A good night's sleep is essential to your wellbeing, and nobody knows that better than the 40 million Americans with chronic sleep issues. Each year, sleep deprivation is linked to thousands of car crashes, and many work-related accidents can be attributed to lack of sleep. What’s more, a pattern of insufficient sleep is associated with a host of health problems, including high blood pressure, heart disease, cardiac arrhythmias, stroke, diabetes, dementia, weight gain, and depression. If you’re dragging through your days feeling foggy and fatigued, our new outpatient Sleep Disorders Program at El Camino Hospital Los Gatos can help you identify and address the cause of your problem.

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Dr. Tony Masri serves as the Medical Director for the program. Dr. Masri specializes in sleep medicine and neurology and received his fellowship training at  Stanford Hospitals and Clinics. 

 


A Hospital Based Program

Featuring a hotel-like environment, with comfortable beds, private bathrooms and even a complimentary continental breakfast, our sleep disorders program is a unique hospital-based program that offers quality care and sleep disorder management in a comfortable and safe location convenient to residents of the communities of Los Gatos, San Jose, Cupertino, Sunnyvale and Mountain View. 

The goal of the program is to meet the growing need within the community of sleep disorders, including insomnia, narcolepsy, obstructive sleep apnea which is a common disorder often associated with heart disease, type 2 diabetes, neurological issues such as depression and obesity. 

Professional services at the sleep disorders program include patient evaluation, analysis of sleep study results, diagnosis of any sleep disorders and recommendations for follow up treatment, including surgery if necessary. 

To ensure continuity of care, the patient may be referred to a sleep surgeon for surgery; to a cardiologist, endocrinologist or other specialist to follow up on underlying causes, or be given a prescription for a device that can be used at home to regulate breathing during sleep.

A Common Culprit: Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Image of doctor talking to patientWhile the Sleep Lab is equipped to diagnose the complete range of sleep disorders, obstructive sleep apnea is the most common diagnosis. The condition affects up to 9% of women and 24% of men. This disorder may exacerbate or be a precursor to other conditions, including the following:

  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Depression
  • High blood pressure
  • Cardiac arrhythmias
  • Dementia
  • Stroke
  • Obesity
  • Endocrine issues

The Sleep Lab Process

If your primary care doctor suspects that you may have a sleep disorder, he or she can refer you for a sleep study.

Sleep Study

Patients usually check in for the sleep study around 7:30 p.m., at the main hospital reception area at El Camino Hospital Los Gatos. A sleep technologist will escort you to the Sleep Lab, and explain everything that will happen during your visit. You will have a Image of sleep lab bedroom.comfortable, private bedroom and bathroom with a pleasant, hotel-like atmosphere. A central monitoring area, where the technicians monitor sleeping patients, is located nearby.

The sleep study, called polysomnography, involves monitoring your body while you sleep. A technician records electrical brain and muscle activity, and measures your breathing throughout the night. The entire process takes approximately 12 hours from check in to check out.

Sleeplessness is a Serious Issue

  • An estimated 95 percent of Americans with chronic sleep issues go undiagnosed
  • According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, drowsy driving is a factor in more than 100,000 crashes, resulting in 1,550 deaths and 40,000 injuries annually
  • Over a period of four years, obstructive sleep apnea increases a person’s risk of having a heart attack or dying by 30 percent
  • 30-50 percent of people with heart disease and 60 percent of stroke patients have obstructive sleep apnea

Gender Differences in Sleep Disorders

Insomnia affects both men and women of all ages, but there are differences for each gender. Obstructive sleep apnea is more common and more severe in postmenopausal women. And for men, obstructive sleep apnea is often part of the same spectrum of conditions as erectile dysfunction: high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and type 2 diabetes. We understand these issues and work closely with colleagues from our Women's Hospital and Men's Health Program to ensure a collaborative continuum of care.

Getting Started

Ask your doctor for a referral to the Sleep Disorders Program. Patients may be referred by a primary care physician, a specialist, or a psychiatrist. To learn more about the Sleep Lab, call 408-866-4070 to schedule an appointment.

Free Community Lectures
Sleep Issues

Image of a man interested in sleep apneaJoin us for free community lectures and learn how to combat common sleep problems. Sleep problems can be more than just a nuisance; they can cause serious health issues. Find out more at one of these lectures conducted by sleep expert Tony Masri, MD, Medical Director of our Sleep Disorders Program. Limited Seating. 

Call 800-216-5556 to register.

El Camino Hospital -- Los Gatos
Topic: Insomnia
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Conference Rooms 2 & 3

El Camino Hospital -- Mountain View
Topic: Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
6:00 pm - 7:03 pm 
Conference Rooms E & F

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El Camino Hospital Los Gatos
815 Pollard Road
Los Gatos, CA 95032

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