Sleep Clinics Torrance CA

So much has been written about sleep, you’d think we’d all be wrapped in the arms of the slumber god Morpheus by now, dreaming sweet dreams and waking up refreshed. But for too many Americans a sound sleep remains, well, a dream. Instead they spend their nights tossing and turning and their days walking around bleary-eyed and exhausted. Some of these insomniacs battle serious disorders such as sleep apnea or narcolepsy that may last months or even years.

Sleep Disorders Center Torrance Memorial Hospital
(310) 325-9110 x7571
3333 Skypark Drive
Torrance, CA
Doctors Refferal
Necessary
Ages Seen
5 years and over
Insurance
Insurance: Yes, with prior authorization.
Medicare: Yes
Medicaid: Yes

Miller Children's Hospital
(562) 424-4815
2801 Atlantic Avenue
Long Beach, CA
Doctors Refferal
Required
Ages Seen
0-18
Insurance
Insurance: PPO, POS, Private, HMO, Medi Cal, CCS and many others.


Midway Sleep Lab
(323) 930-0422
5901 W. Olympic Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA
Ages Seen
Feb-90

UCLA Sleep Disorders Laboratory and Center UCLA/Santa Monica Hospital
(310) 319-4063
1250 16th Street
Santa Monica, CA
Ages Seen
0-99 (infants-adults of all ages)

Southland Chiropractic
(310) 534-4838
2424 Sepulveda Blvd
Torrance, CA

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Peninsula Pulmonary Medical Associates Sleep Center
(310) 378-7533
23550 Hawthorne Boulevard
Torrance, CA
Ages Seen
18

MemorialCare Sleep Disorders Center Long Beach Memorial Medical Center
(562) 424-6480
2651 Elm Avenue
Long Beach, CA
Doctors Refferal
Required
Ages Seen
>18
Insurance
Insurance: PPO, POS, Private, HMO, Medicare, Medi-Cal
Medicare: Yes
Medicaid: Yes

St. John's Sleep Disorders Center St. John's Medical Plaza
(310) 586-0843
1301 Twentieth Street
Santa Monica, CA
 
Tower Sleep Medicine
(310) 657-3792
8635 West Third Street
Los Angeles, CA
Ages Seen
> or equal to 12

Back in Action of Torrance
(310) 540-3500
21320 Hawthorne Blvd
Torrance, CA

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Dreaming of a Good Night's Rest

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by Matthew Solan

So much has been written about sleep, you’d think we’d all be wrapped in the arms of the slumber god Morpheus by now, dreaming sweet dreams and waking up refreshed. But for too many Americans a sound sleep remains, well, a dream. Instead they spend their nights tossing and turning and their days walking around bleary-eyed and exhausted. Some of these insomniacs battle serious disorders such as sleep apnea or narcolepsy that may last months or even years. But the majority suffers more mildly—though just as unhappily—from disrupted cycles in which they either struggle to go to sleep at a normal time or awaken in the middle of the night unable to fall back asleep. All too often, insomniacs wake up feeling more tired and sluggish than they did before going to bed. If this sounds familiar, you may benefit from simple changes in your diet, environment and lifestyle. They may be all you need for a good night’s rest.

Good food, good sleep

You no doubt know the basic no-nos when it comes to your diet and sleep—no alcohol, no caffeine, no sugar, any of which can upset your normal sleep cycle. Conversely, increasing your intake of certain foods and correcting some nutrient deficiencies can actually improve your sleep.

• Eat more tryptophan. As post-turkey-dinner nappers ably demonstrate, tryptophan is a precursor to the sleep-inducing substance serotonin. One of nine essential amino acids your body cannot manufacture on its own, tryptophan comes from the proteins found in meat (especially turkey), milk, eggs, cheese, soybeans and soy products and peanuts and other legumes.

But if you gobble tons of different protein-rich foods, don’t expect to necessarily fall asleep more quickly or rest more easily, says Jane Guiltinan, ND, director of the Bastyr Women’s Wellness Center at Bastyr University north of Seattle. Why so? Too much protein from too many sources can cause tryptophan to be diverted from creating serotonin to building muscle. “Try to stick to just tryptophan-rich proteins,” she says. “I’d suggest one serving of a high-tryptophan food near bedtime.”

• Get more calcium and magnesium. Lack of sleep can also be tied to low levels of calcium and/or magnesium. According to Guiltinan, calcium deficiency can trigger muscle cramps while you sleep, which can cause you to wake up. And people who lack magnesium sometimes suffer from restless legs syndrome (RLS), a tingling, aching or throbbing sensation in the legs or an overwhelming urge to move them, especially when at rest.

In a 1998 study, German researchers found that taking 300 mg of magnesium every night for four to six weeks improved sleep for insomniacs who suffered from mild to moderate RLS. Guiltinan recommends that problem sleepers increase their daily intake of calcium by eating more dairy products such as yogurt, milk and cheese and of magnesium by eating more dark-green leafy vegetables, nuts and seeds. If you choose the supplement route instead, she suggests taking 1...

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