Sleep Apnea Specialist Semmes AL

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.

James Harold Hunter, MD
(251) 633-0573
6701 Airport Blvd Ste B135
Mobile, AL
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Critical Care Medicine, Sleep Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Med Coll Of Ga Sch Of Med, Augusta Ga 30912
Graduation Year: 1981
Hospital
Hospital: Mobile Infirmary Med Ctr, Mobile, Al; University Of South Alabama Me, Mobile, Al; Providence Hosp, Mobile, Al
Group Practice: Mobile Diagnostic Ctr

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Providence Hospital Sleep Evaluation Center Providence Hospital
(251) 639-2876
610 Providence Park Drive W.
Mobile, AL
Doctors Refferal
No
Ages Seen
2 - 100
Insurance
Insurance: BCBS, Medicare Comp, United, Satna
Medicare: Yes
Medicaid: Yes

Animal Hospital Of Mobile
(251) 344-8878
6354 Airport Blvd
Mobile, AL

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Jack Thompson MD PA
(251) 675-3594
1084 Industrial Pkwy
Saraland, AL
Specialties
Pediatrics

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David M Phillips
(251) 645-8946
8010 Moffett Rd
Semmes, AL
Specialty
Family Practice

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Southeast Regional Center for Sleep/Wake Disorders Springhill Memorial Hospital
(251) 460-5319
3719 Dauphin Street
Mobile, AL
Ages Seen
Dec-85

William T Stallings, MD
(251) 343-9090
101 Memorial Hospital Dr
Mobile, AL
Business
Mobile Urology Group
Specialties
Urology

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Curtis N Harris
(251) 660-5750
3401 Medical Park Drive
Mobile, AL
Specialties
Cosmetic Surgery
Insurance
Medicare Accepted: No
Workmens Comp Accepted: No
Accepts Uninsured Patients: No
Emergency Care: No


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Foster Chiropractic Group
(251) 661-2100
4400 B Rangeline Rd
Mobile, AL

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Gary Sylvester Elmore
(251) 649-6965
8740 Moffett Rd
Semmes, AL
Specialty
Family Practice

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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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