More than 40 million Americans suffer from a chronic sleep disorder. If left untreated, certain sleep problems have proved to increase the risk for heart disease, depression, daytime sleepiness, fatigue, memory loss and car accidents. Employees of the transportation department, airline industry and shift workers (factory) can be at a greater risk due to the abnormal sleep patterns required for the employee to staff these positions. Sleep disorders can take many forms, if you are having problems sleeping, it is important to seek help for proper diagnosis and treatment.
If you are concerned you may need a sleep study, you first need to start with your primary care provider or see a pulmonologist. They will order the study and be able to help determine whether a home or in-lab study is appropriate for you.
Dr. Enriquez sees patients on the third Monday of each month in LCHC’s Specialty Clinic. To make an appointment with Dr. Enriquez, call (515) 875-9550.