"We are not healthy unless our sleep is healthy, and we cannot make our sleep healthy unless we become thoroughly aware of both its peril and its promise."
-Dement, William C M.D., Ph.D. The Promise of Sleep. Dell Publishing, 1999.
Throughout my entire experience practicing sleep medicine, I have come to realize the impact a poor nights sleep can have on a persons' health. The associated health problems such as high blood pressure/cardiac disease, depression and anxiety, concentration/memory, diabetes, morning headaches, weight gain and/or difficulty with weight loss, chronic infections, and neurological issues are a few examples on a list of serious conditions that could result from a sleep disorder. Poor sleep is often described as a diffculty falling sleep, staying asleep, and/or excessive daytime sleepiness. A majority of my patients fall into at least one of these categories.
My objective is to try to help people sleep through the night, wake up refreshed, and feel alert and productive during the day without an excessive amount of caffeine or other stimulants. I accomplish this through a thorough evaluation, developing an individualize treatment, and reassessment with frequent followups.
With success in sleep health, I have often seen a reduction in medication dosages, better control of blood sugars, weight loss, absence of headaches in the morning, improved mood and daytime alertness, a decreased number of sinus infections and allergy sensitivity, and optimization of heart health.
I look forward to helping you and appreciate your confidence in my expertise.
-Arnold Rugama, M.D.