Sleep Apnea Specialist Council Bluffs IA

The statistics alone on Americans and insomnia could keep you up nights. As a nation, we spend more than $3.5 billion on prescription sleep medications each year, trying to bring relief to the 126 million of us (that’s six out of 10 Americans) who experience symptoms of insomnia at least a few nights a week.

Stephen Buhler Smith, MD
(402) 552-3446
4242 Farnam St
Omaha, NE
Specialties
Sleep Medicine, Pulmonary Diseases
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ks Sch Of Med, Kansas City Ks 66103
Graduation Year: 1974
Hospital
Hospital: Clarkson Memorial Hosp, Omaha, Ne
Group Practice: Internal Medicine Associates Pc

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Teri Jo Barkoukis, MD
(402) 559-4087
NE Med Ctr/Pcc Section
Omaha, NE
Specialties
Sleep Medicine, Pulmonary Critical Care Medicine
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Oh State Univ Coll Of Med, Columbus Oh 43210
Graduation Year: 1989
Hospital
Hospital: Clarkson Memorial Hosp, Omaha, Ne; N H S Univ Nebraska Med Ctr, Omaha, Ne
Group Practice: University Medical Associates Univ Of Nebraska Medical Ctr; University Of Nebraska Medical Center

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Alegent Health Immanuel Sleep Disorders Center
(402) 572-2673
6829 N. 72nd Street
Omaha, NE
Ages Seen
5 & Older

Alegent Health Lakeside Hospital Sleep Disorders Center
(402) 758-5515
16901 Lakeside Hills Court
Omaha, NE
Ages Seen
5 & Older

Prairielands Chiropractic Clinic
(712) 435-7357
300 W. Broadway
Council Bluffs, IA

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Teri Jo Barkoukis, MD
(402) 559-4087
2566 Saint Marys Ave
Omaha, NE
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Oh State Univ Coll Of Med, Columbus Oh 43210
Graduation Year: 1989

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Creighton University Sleep Disorders Center
(402) 449-4486
601 N. 30th Street
Omaha, NE
Ages Seen
13 + yrs.

Heartland Health
(402) 926-4900
11011 Q Street
Omaha, NE
Ages Seen
12-Adult

Methodist Sleep Center
(402) 354-0825
16120 W. Dodge Road
Omaha, NE
Doctors Refferal
Not necessary
Ages Seen
16-90
Insurance
Insurance: Most
Medicare: Yes
Medicaid: Yes

Elmwood Chiropractic Ctr
(402) 504-4442
6846 Pacific St # 103
Omaha, NE

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Desperately Seeking Shut-Eye

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By Jennifer Lang

Once upon a time, getting a good night’s sleep wasn’t an issue for me. I went to bed when I was tired and woke up feeling refreshed. No tossing and turning before I drifted off to dreamland—no middle-of-the-night awakenings. Then I started having babies, who roused me at all hours and made eight-a-night a thing of the past. But even after they started sleeping soundly, I couldn’t seem to slip back into my old, good-sleep patterns. Why?

“Many factors go into whether or not we’re able to fall asleep and stay asleep, such as stress, hormones, and what’s going on in our lives at a given time,” says Jacob Teitelbaum, MD, medical director of the Fibromyalgia and Fatigue Centers. “And since all of these factors fluctuate as we go from one life stage to another, we can expect our sleep patterns to change as well.”

The statistics alone on Americans and insomnia could keep you up nights. As a nation, we spend more than $3.5 billion on prescription sleep medications each year, trying to bring relief to the 126 million of us (that’s six out of 10 Americans) who experience symptoms of insomnia at least a few nights a week. How does this inability to get a good night’s rest affect us? Ninety-three percent of Americans believe sleep loss can impair work performance, and 86 percent feel a lack of sleep can lead to health problems.

So what’s an insomniac to do? “Understanding why you might be experiencing trouble sleeping can help you make changes that will lead to better sleep,” says Teitelbaum. Here’s a guide to how your sleep can change through the years—and what to do to give yourself the best shot at a better night’s rest.

Teens and early 20s
For a young adult, the obvious sleep robbers—late nights, too much television and computer time, poor diet, and school or new-job stress—clearly play a role in sleep disorders, but teens and 20-somethings also have a physiological reason for not sleeping well. Their circadian rhythm—the natural body clock that signals when to go to sleep and wake up—is in flux.

In young adults, the body produces melatonin—a hormone created by the brain to help induce sleep—at 9 p.m. or 10 p.m. (in adults that happens earlier, around 7 p.m. or 8 p.m.). So a teen’s sleep cycle gets pushed back, which explains why she might not feel sleepy until around 11 p.m. or midnight. What’s more, everyone gets a “dip” in their circadian rhythm twice a day; for adults they typically come at 2 a.m. and 2 p.m., while adolescents hit their low points around 7 a.m. and 4 p.m., which explains both their torturous early-morning wake-up calls and late-afternoon naps.

Too much caffeine can also affect sleep in this age group. From after-school lattes to late-night energy drinks, a caffeine jolt lasts well beyond bedtime—affecting a young adult’s ability to fall and stay asleep and worse, setting the body clock back even further.

Sleep-Well Tips
• Stay warm. Take a hot bath or shower before getting into bed. Cold temperatures c...

Author: Jennifer Lang

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