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Sleep Medicine


Sleep Medicine Specialist in New York City

Sleep problems are serious. If a sleep problem is left untreated, it can lead to significant problems and sometimes even severe health conditions. A proper professional can treat sleep problems effectively, though, and we have one here at the office of Dr. Ali El Atat, your local provider of sleep medicine in Brooklyn, NY. Come see the doctor if you believe you or a loved one could benefit from sleep medicine and the services of a sleep doctor!

What kind of doctor do you see for sleep problems?
It’s just fine to call this type of professional a sleep doctor. The term “sleep medicine specialist” is common too, and it describes what the professional does. A sleep medicine specialist provides sleep medicine for conditions like sleep apnea or insomnia, and can treat a patient for most sleep problems. The specialist can even network with other specialists, like neurologists, to help patients with other conditions like restless leg syndrome.

When should I see a sleep doctor? Should I see a doctor if I can’t sleep?
If you have restless sleep, breathing interruptions during sleep, or really, any regularly occurring issues at all with sleep, then you should see a sleep doctor. The issues themselves are significant enough to address, as they can affect sleep quality and duration, and sleep quality and duration can affect everyday life and your overall health. Also, the issues could be signs or symptoms of a sleep condition like sleep apnea which can, if untreated, lead to behavioral problems in children or even chronic and fatal health conditions in adults. Heart disease is a possible consequence for adults.

If you can’t sleep well at all, then you may have insomnia, which can be a sleep condition or a symptom of an other underlying condition. Significant sleep problems and conditions like insomnia require the professional care of a sleep doctor.

How can a sleep doctor help me?

When you see a sleep doctor, he or she will ask you about your symptoms, your sleep habits, and more. A quick physical exam may reveal signs of a medical problem associated with insomnia, or a blood test can be done to check for thyroid problems or other issues. One of the best ways to determine whether a patient has a sleep condition is to refer the patient for a sleep study in which professionals will monitor your sleep and record issues with it.

If the sleep doctor determines that you do have a sleep condition, the doctor can provide treatment. For insomnia, changing your sleep habits may be enough to help, but if not, behavioral therapy, medication, or another professional treatment can work. In particular, cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-I) has been shown to help many patients. If a patient has a condition like obstructive sleep apnea, oral appliance therapy or CPAP therapy can help. Here at the office of Dr. Ali El Atat, our sleep doctor can provide treatments for other conditions like narcolepsy, sleep movements disorder, and other sleep conditions.

How do I find a good sleep specialist?

One option is to ask your primary care physician for a referral, as he or she may know about a good sleep medicine doctor. Another option is to ask family or friends whether they recommend anyone. You can also look online for something like “sleep medicine doctors near me.” Of course, you can just come see Dr. Ali El Atat MD here at his clinic! 


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