Dr. Juan Albino, of the Village Sleep Lab, strongly believes in proper diet, a good attitude, appropriate support systems, regular exercise and what he finds is most neglected; the right amount of rest and sleep.
Dr. Albino, who is Board Certified in Sleep Medicine, diagnoses and treats patients in the Spanish Plaines Medical Plaza near The Villages Wellness Center. Click on "Sleep Tips" and "Common Sleep Problems" on the right for more information about sleep apnea and other common sleep problems.
Sleep Neglect: "We sleep a third of our lives, yet very little attention has been devoted to studying sleep and its disorders. Sleep apnea, a common and devastating disorder, was practically unknown ten years ago."
Sleep Apnea: "Sleep apnea can have severe consequences. They include poor performance on the job and sexual side effects. Sleep apnea may result in mood swings and personality changes, industrial or driving accidents, hypertension, heart attacks, heart failure or strokes. It's like having high cholesterol, only worse. Sleep apnea can be quite mild. If severe, it can be fatal. Sleep apnea and obesity promote each other in a vicious cycle."
Primary symptoms of sleep apnea are night snoring and daytime sleepiness. Obstruction in the back of the throat causes snoring and results in poor-quality sleep.
We diagnose sleep apnea by performing a sleep study or polysomnogram. It requires an overnight stay at our sleep laboratory, hooked up to various detectors.
In a separate room, we observe transmitted information on the patient's stage of sleep. When the patient cannot breathe (apnea), the blood oxygen level drops, impacting the heart and lungs.
Proper treatment with a positive air pressure machine and mask, allows sound sleep for both patient and spouse. That's a profound and satisfying impact on a couple's life, for without good quality sleep, we cannot really be healthy and happy.
For More Information, call Village Sleep Lab, Accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine: 352-751-4955.