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- How do I know if I have a sleep disorder?
- What is the first step I should take if I am not satisfied with my sleep?
- What are common symptoms that patients have before visiting a sleep clinic?
- What are some side effects of sleeping disorders?
- How do I make an appointment?
- Will my sleep consultation or sleep study be covered by my health insurance?
- What do I do if I was referred by my doctor to your clinic?
- Where is your office located?
- Can I take Marta to your office?
- What are the most common sleep disorders?
- If I snore, do I have sleep apnea?
- What is a sleep consultation?
- What kinds of sleep studies does FusionSleep offer?
- If I have a sleep disorder, what are my treatment options?
- What are the causes, symptoms, risk factors, diagnosis and treatments for sleep apnea?
- Is sleep apnea dangerous?
- I’m not overweight. Could I still have sleep apnea?
- What are the causes, symptoms, risk factors, diagnosis and treatment for insomnia?
- Why is sleep important?
- What is the proper amount of sleep?
- What are some tips for getting a good night’s sleep?
1. How do I know if I have a sleep disorder?
Almost everyone experiences difficulty with sleep at some point in their life. Problems can range from snoring to insomnia and can be related to stress, anxiety, or other health problems. If your sleep disorder has persisted over a period of several weeks we recommend that you seek the help of a physician.
2. What is the first step I should take if I am not satisfied with my sleep?
If you are not satisfied with your sleep or you feel tired, we recommend scheduling a sleep consultation with our board certified sleep doctor, Michael Lacey, MD. For an appointment call 678.990.3962 or fill out an online form here.
3. What are some common symptoms that patients have before visiting a sleep clinic?
FusionSleep frequently sees patients with these common sleep disorder symptoms:
- Excessive daytime sleepiness (falling asleep while driving, feeling sleepy after lunch, difficulty staying awake in meetings, etc.)
- Loud snoring
- Pauses in your breathing during sleep (often reported by a bed partner)
- Morning headaches
- Legs that jump and move when you’re trying to sleep
- Difficulty falling asleep or staying sleep
- Snoring, choking, and restless sleep
- Decreased energy, and/or fatigue
- Decrease in work and/or school productivity
- Obesity and/or difficulty losing weight
- Unexplained depression
If you have one or more of these symptoms and want help, please give us a call 678.990.3962 or fill out an online form here.
4. What are some side effects of not getting the right quantity or quality of sleep?
Untreated sleep disorders can cause:
- Weight Gain
- Memory Loss
- High Blood Pressure
- Excessive sleepiness during the day
- Heart Attacks
- Pulmonary hypertension
- Kidney failure
Remember that most sleeping disorders can be successfully treated with medication, light therapy, oral appliances, and/or continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) devices.
5. How do I make an appointment?
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We schedule appointments for sleep studies seven nights a week, beginning at 8:30 pm. To make an appointment, please call our offices Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 5:30 pm.
To make an appointment for an overnight sleep study, you must first be referred by a physician. You can be referred by your primary care physician, a specialist, or by our own sleep doctor, Dr. Michael Lacey. To book an appointment with Dr. Lacey, please call 678.990.3962 or fill out an online form here. To get referred by your doctor, tell your doctor to call us or download a patient referral form from our website here.
When calling to schedule your first visit, please have the following information available:
- Patient’s Name, Address, and Telephone Number
- Patient’s Date of Birth
- Patient’s Social Security Number
- Patient’s Insurance Information
The clinic is available for physician office visits Monday through Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.
6. Will my sleep consultation or sleep study be covered by my health insurance?
FusionSleep accepts most insurance as well as Medicare. Each insurance plan is unique so we advise you to verify coverage with your insurance company before scheduling a sleep study appointment. We will provide you information and assistance with insurance questions to help you understand your health care benefits for sleep medicine services. You can find more information on our Insurance page.
7. What do I do if I was referred by my doctor to your clinic?
If you were referred by your doctor, we will be giving you a call soon to schedule an appointment. If you would like to fill out our forms in advance, you can download them at our Patient’s Page here.
8. Where is your office located?
We are located on Johnson Ferry Rd, just off of Peachtree Dunwoody Road.. Our office is on the 4th floor of Building One in the Center Pointe Office Complex at 1100 Johnson Ferry Rd., Ste. 420, Atlanta, GA 30342
Driving Directions to FusionSleep Atlanta North:
FROM I-285 GOING EAST: Take exit 26 and turn right on the Glenridge Connector. Take a left at the first light onto Johnson Ferry Rd. Go down to the light at Peachtree-Dunwoody Road. Proceed straight across the Peachtree-Dunwoody intersection and turn left into the first office complex. Center Pointe I is the shorter building. Visitor Parking is free
FROM I-285 GOING WEST:
Take exit 28 and turn left on Peachtree-Dunwoody Road. Proceed to the fourth traffic light at the intersection of Johnson Ferry Rd. (Northside Hospital will be on the right) Turn left on to Johnson Ferry Rd and take the first left into the office complex. Center Pointe I is the shorter building. Visitor Parking is free.
FROM GA 400
(North or South)
Take exit 3 (if going south) or exit 4A (if going north) and turn right on the Glenridge Connector. Go down to the light at Peachtree Dunwoody Road and take a left. Get in to the right hand lane and proceed to the light. Take a right on to Johnson Ferry Road. Take the first left into the office complex. Center Pointe I is the shorter building. Visitor Parking is free
9. Can I take Marta to your office?
Yes. Our office is easily accessible via public transportation. MARTA (Metro Atlanta Rapid Transit) costs $2.50 one-way. Our stop is “Medical Center”. Exiting the MARTA parking lot, take a left onto Peachtree-Dunwoody Rd., walk about .3 miles, then turn left onto Johnson Ferry Rd. The Center Pointe office complex is about .2 miles down on the left. Center Pointe I is the shorter building. Visitor parking is free.
10. What are the most common sleep disorders?
The most common sleep disorders include:
Difficulty falling asleep and/or staying asleep; waking earlier than desired. Insomnia afflicts up to 10 percent of the population. More information found on our Sleep Disorders page.
Brief pauses in breathing of 10 to 60 seconds during sleep. Often associated with loud snoring, snorting and/or gasping for breath. Sleep apnea can result in daytime drowsiness, depression, and cardiovascular problems. More information found on our Sleep Disorders page.
An irresistible urge to sleep no matter how much sleep you get, which can manifest in “sleep attacks” of sudden muscular weakness while talking, driving, or working. More information found on our Sleep Disorders page.
Restless Leg Syndrome (Ekbom Disease)
This condition causes uncomfortable sensations in the legs near sleep time, sometimes described as a creepy crawly feeling. Legs and arms also may move or jerk involuntarily during sleep. More information found on our Sleep Disorders page.
This disorder includes a range of sleep events such as nightmares, sleep eating, sleepwalking, the acting out of strange or violent behaviors while still asleep. More information found on our Sleep Disorders page.
Shift Work and Circadian Sleep Disorders
These disorders are often due to a work schedule that takes place during the normal sleep period. Those afflicted are unable to sleep and wake at the times required for their normal school, work, and social needs. More information found on our Sleep Disorders page.
FusionSleep treats a wide range of sleeping disorders beyond those mentioned here. To discover if you have a sleep disorder and if so, what treatment we suggest, please schedule a sleep consultation with our board certified sleep doctor, Michael Lacey, MD.
11. If I snore, do I have sleep apnea?
No, not necessarily. Although snoring by itself is not a sleep disorder, it is often a sign of the serious sleep disorder, Obstructive Sleep Apnea. However, not everyone who snores has sleep apnea. Simple snoring is caused by a partial obstruction of the upper airways, but is not accompanied by an apnea or cessation of breath.
Simple snoring can be very disturbing to a person’s sleep partner and can be treated by over the counter products.
We recommend that serious snorers come in for a sleep consultation to make sure that their snoring is not a symptom of sleep apnea. If the patient does have sleep apnea and is treated, snoring should decrease or disappear altogether.
12. What is a sleep consultation? What happens after my sleep consultation?
A sleep consultation is a 45 minute appointment with a Board Certified Sleep Doctor. During this appointment, the doctor’s focus will be learning more about you and your sleeping problems to determine what the best treatment option is for you. If your doctor thinks that an overnight sleep study would help determine what sleeping problems you are having, you will then be scheduled for an overnight sleep study at our sleep lab. Sleep studies are conducted 7 days a week. To schedule a study or for more information, please call 678-990-3962 or fill out an online form here.
13. What kinds of sleep studies does FusionSleep offer?
A Polysomnogram is a common overnight sleep test that physicians often prescribe to patients with sleep disorders. The polysomnogram, often called a PSG, measures and records activity during sleep. The PSG monitors many body functions such as brain activity, eye movements, muscle activity, respiratory airflow, heart rhythm, and more during sleep.
It is important to remember that a polysomnogram is a not a test, but instead a painless, in-depth recording of how well you sleep.
After you complete your overnight polysomnogram, our board certified sleep medicine physician will review the data collected to diagnose any disorder that may exist. The polysomnogram will also reveal the severity of the disorder and give the physician guidance to the proper treatment to prescribe.
If the results of your polysomnogram test reveal that you have sleep apnea, your doctor may recommend that you have a CPAP Titration. The CPAP Titration is identical to a polysomnogram with the addition of a medical device known as a continuous positive airway pressure machine (CPAP). This machine blows pressurized air into the nose via a mask in order to eliminate the snoring and pauses in breathing that sleep apnea produces.
The CPAP Titration is an overnight sleep study used to determine the most effective airflow setting for your CPAP machine. The test also ensures that you have been given the right mask that will produce the best possible results.
CPAP Titrations are often recommended for those who have been using the same CPAP machine on the same setting for over a year. If you are a current CPAP user, it is beneficial to get your machine re-titrated during a CPAP Titration test.
Multiple Sleep Latency Test (MSLT)
The Multiple Sleep Latency Test (MSLT) determines how sleepy you are by measuring how long it takes you to fall asleep. This test is often performed during the day. During this test, you will take four or five 15-minute naps scheduled about two hours apart. Between the naps, you must try to stay awake. During this test, just like the Polysomnogram and the CPAP Titration, different body functions will be monitored. After your test, a board certified sleep physician will use the results to verify or rule out a diagnosis of narcolepsy, or other sleep disorder.
Maintenance of Wakefulness Test (MWT)
The Maintenance of Wakefulness Test is used to measure how alert you are during the day. This test if often used for people with sleeping disorders that have jobs that involve public transportation or safety. During this test, you will be asked to stay awake for as long as you can during different time periods throughout the day. Just like the Polysomnogram and other sleep studies described, various body functions such as heart rate, respiratory flow, and muscle movement will be measured during this test. After completion, a board certified sleep doctor will review your results to determine your diagnosis and treatment, if needed.
Find out more on our Sleep Studies page.
14. If I have a sleep disorder, what are my treatment options?
If your sleep study shows that you have sleep apnea, the best form of treatment is a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine. This machine blows pressurized air into the nose via a mask in order to eliminate the snoring and pauses in breathing that sleep apnea produces.
Other treatment options include lifestyle changes, surgery, dental devices, cognitive behavioral therapy, and more. With severe cases, a combination of two or more of these methods may be recommended. More details can be found on our Sleep Treatments page.
15. What are the causes, symptoms, risk factors, diagnoses and treatments for sleep apnea?
What causes sleep apnea?
There are two basic forms of sleep apnea. Obstructive Sleep Apnea is caused by an obstruction of the air passageway in the throat, while Central Sleep Apnea is a neuromuscular condition caused by a delay in the brain’s signal to breathe. The most common symptom for both types of sleep apnea is excessive, loud snoring.
What are some risk factors for sleep apnea?
Sleep apnea is more common in men than women and is also more common in the 35- to 65-year-old age group. Obesity and/or excessive alcohol use can cause sleep apnea. In addition, individuals with hypertension or coronary artery disease are also more likely to develop sleep apnea.
How is sleep apnea diagnosed?
The best way to determine if you have sleep apnea or not is to be referred by a physician for an overnight sleep study called a polysomnogram. The sleep study results will show if you have sleep apnea or not and help your physician determine the best treatment option for you.
Are there treatments for sleep apnea?
Yes. If your sleep study shows that you have sleep apnea, the best form of treatment is a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine. This machine blows pressurized air into the nose via a mask in order to eliminate the snoring and pauses in breathing that sleep apnea produces.
Other treatment options include lifestyle changes, surgery, dental devices, cognitive behavioral therapy, and more. With severe cases, a combination of two or more of these methods may be recommended.
16. Is sleep apnea dangerous?
Yes. People with sleep apnea actually experience oxygen deprivation during their sleep. Their sleep is very ineffective and can leave them extremely fatigued, which can lead to accidents while on the job or driving. Some risks of untreated sleep apnea include: heart disease, stroke, and high blood pressure.
17. I’m not overweight. Could I still have sleep apnea?
Yes. It is a common misconception that you must be overweight, or overweight and male to have sleep apnea. The most important symptoms to consider are not weight or sex, but instead tiredness during the day and snoring. If you exhibit these or other characteristics of sleep apnea, you should be evaluated.
18. What are the causes, symptoms, risk factors, diagnosis, and treatment for insomnia?
Although there are no stand-alone causes for insomnia, you are more likely to develop insomnia if you are over age 60, if you are female, use certain medication, or if you have a history of depression, stress, anxiety, arthritis or heart failure.
Insomnia is when you are not able to fall asleep or stay asleep. Insomnia can also consist of poor-quality sleep. Some signs of insomnia include: feeling un-refreshed in the morning, waking up during the night and not being able to fall back to sleep, or having little energy or ability to concentrate during the day.
Insomnia is chronic if it occurs on most nights and lasts one month or more. Physical disorders such as asthma or restless legs syndrome and neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s disease, can cause insomnia. Lifestyle factors such as caffeine or alcohol intake, excessive napping, or irregular sleep schedules can also cause chronic insomnia.
Insomnia can be diagnosed by a doctor who may use your medical history, sleep history, or a sleep diary to determine the nature of your insomnia. Insomnia can be treated in a variety of ways including, but not limited to: treating underlying medical or psychological problems, changing behaviors that worsen insomnia, trying behavioral techniques that improve sleep (such as relaxation therapy), or prescribing sleeping pills.
19. Why is sleep important?
Sleep is essential to maintaining a healthy body. Sleep deprivation has short-term and long-term consequences. In the short term, lack of proper sleep can lead to decreased alertness and performance, memory and cognitive impairment, poor quality of life (due to daytime sleepiness), and increased risk of injury on the job or on the road. In the long term, some of the risks include: high blood pressure, heart attack, heart failure, stroke, obesity, and depression.
20. What is the proper amount of sleep?
Most adults report that they need about 7.5 hours of sleep to feel awake and refreshed the next day. However, the U.S. average is only 5.5 hours a night. Adolescents need nine or more hours a night. The elderly need similar amounts of sleep as adults.
There is high variability between individuals in the amount of sleep that they need. Some people are naturally long sleepers and need nine or more hours to feel refreshed, whereas others feel great after six hours.
21. What are some tips for getting a good night’s sleep?
- Try to maintain a consistent bedtime, even on the weekends
- Avoid drinking alcohol or caffeine close to bedtime
- Finish meals at least three hours before your bedtime
- Avoid naps during the day
- Relax and unwind before bedtime by reading a book, taking a warm bath, etc.
- Keep your room dark, quiet, cool, and conducive to sleeping
- Exercise regularly, but finish at least three hours before you go to sleep
- If you are tossing and turning, try something relaxing like reading a book or listening to soothing music
- If thoughts are running through your mind, make a to-do list for the next day
- Don’t work, read, or watch TV in bed for an extended amount of time