A sleep medicine doctor specializes in preventing, diagnosing and treating sleep and circadian rhythm disorders, including snoring, sleep apnea, insomnia, narcolepsy, restless legs syndrome, and shift work sleep disorder. A sleep medicine doctor cares for the physical and emotional health needs of people with sleep problems to improve their patients’ overall health and quality of life.
A sleep medicine doctor typically:
Evaluates your medical history and sleep symptoms
Performs a physical exam
Orders and interprets sleep studies including polysomnograms, sleep latency tests, and maintenance of wakefulness tests
Diagnoses and treats sleep disturbances including lack of sleep, excessive sleepiness, and circadian rhythm problems
Provides or recommends cognitive behavioral counseling, psychotherapy, and sleep hygiene therapy
Provides surgical referrals
Sleep medicine doctors may also be known as sleep medicine specialists or sleep specialists.
There are 6566 specialists practicing Sleep Medicine in the United States with an overall average rating of 3.8 stars. There are 2842 hospitals in the United States with affiliated Sleep Medicine specialists, including Memorial Hermann Northwest Hospital, Cleveland Clinic and Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.