Sleep is essential for a person’s health and well-being. Yet, millions of people do not get enough sleep and many suffer from a chronic lack of sleep. Most individuals with sleep disorders go undiagnosed and untreated, leading to abnormal functioning in all of the systems of the body.
The sleep medicine specialty evaluates conditions characterized by disturbances of usual sleep patterns and disease states that cause sleep abnormalities.
Dr. Franco specializes in diagnosing sleep disorders including, but not limited to:
- Excessive daytime sleepiness
- Parasomnia (sleep walking, night terrors, nightmares)
- RLS – Restless Leg Syndrome (kicking and twitching of legs)
- Shift-work related sleep disorders
- OSA – Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Snoring – Loud snoring can be an indicator that your throat is not fully open and is a major sign of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). When people suffer from OSA the throat becomes so narrow that air has difficulty passing through. Daytime sleepiness is the most common complaint of OSA. OSA can also put you at risk for high blood pressure, heart failure, heart attack or stroke.