Medical Sleep Specialists
Medical sleep specialists are professionals who specialize in diagnosing and treating sleep disturbances. Some countries have designated this area of medical practice as a sub-specialty, and dentists can even get board certification. In the United States, however, proper 12-month postgraduate training programs in sleep medicine are still in development. Medical sleep specialists can diagnose and treat many different types of sleep disorders, including insomnia. Their services can range from providing medications to recommending devices such as CPAPs or oral appliances. Some of them also provide other services, such as physical therapy or cognitive behavioral therapy. They can also refer patients to other specialists to help them manage their sleeping disorders. To become a medical sleep specialist, physicians must complete an accredited medical school curriculum and undergo specialty training in one or more subspecialties. After completing their residency, sleep medicine physicians must then become board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, the American Board of Psychiatry, and Neurology. Some physicians may also choose to pursue a fellowship in another field after completing their residency. If this is the case, the fellowship will provide additional training and prepare you for board certification. Obstructive sleep apnea is a serious condition that can lead to serious health issues. Among other things, it can increase your risk of developing high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, and diabetes. Additionally, inadequate sleep can contribute to depression, weight gain, and other problems.