A good night’s sleep may feel like a luxury, but restful sleep is essential to your health. The body’s natural sleep cycle helps repair cell damage, strengthen your immune system and prevent problems ranging from fatigue and irritability to serious chronic diseases.
Unfortunately, sleep disorders, breathing problems and other issues keep many people from getting the quality sleep they need to stay well. Whether you find it difficult to fall asleep, wake up during the night or simply don’t feel rested in the morning, Scripps sleep medicine specialists are ready to help.
For more than 20 years, Scripps Clinic Viterbi Family Sleep Center in San Diego has been treating sleep problems and helping people sleep soundly. In many cases, we collaborate with experts in pulmonary medicine and other specialties to diagnose and treat conditions that can disrupt sleep.
Sleep disorders and disturbances can disrupt the quality of your sleep, the amount of sleep you get, or both. Sleep provides time for your brain to get ”recharged.” During this time, your body goes through various stages of sleep.
Sleep stages range from non-REM sleep (which is the lightest) to slow-wave sleep (deep sleep) and REM sleep (dreaming state). Sleep experts recommend about seven to nine hours of sleep a night for the average adult, according to the National Sleep Foundation.
Scripps sleep specialists use a variety of methods to diagnose sleep disorders, including sleep studies conducted in our specially equipped sleep laboratory. Learn more about how we evaluate symptoms of sleep disorders.
There are numerous treatments for sleep disorders, ranging from lifestyle changes and cognitive therapy to devices and surgery.
Scripps offers sleep medicine at the following locations in San Diego: