Sunset Sleep Disorders Center of Oxnard

Sleep medicine is a medical subspecialty devoted to the diagnosis and therapy of sleep disturbances and disorders, including difficulty initiating and maintaining sleep, abnormal sleep and excessive sleep. The majority of sleep medicine physicians are trained in pulmonary medicine with additional training in sleep disorders.

Disorders and disturbances of sleep are widespread and can have significant consequences for affected individuals as well as economic and other consequences for society. Sleep disorders affect nearly 30 million people in the U.S., most whom can be greatly helped with very simple interventions in life-style, or with the newer therapies we have available.

Common Disorders

  • Insomnia


    Insomnia is characterized by difficulty falling asleep, waking frequently during the night, waking too early in the morning and not being able to get back to sleep. Insomnia can last for several days, (transient), stop and start (intermittent), or last for more than one month (chronic).

  • Narcolepsy


    Narcolepsy is usually described as excessive daytime sleepiness. It can begin at any age and continues through life. It is believed that there is a hereditary predisposition. The main symptoms are "sleep attacks" that can occur without warning, and cataplexy, which is the sudden loss of voluntary muscle control.

  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea

    Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome (OSAS) is the most common sleep disorder, affecting more than 20 million Americans. It is caused by a functional obstruction of the upper airway which results in breathing pauses (apneas) and disruption of sleep (arousals).

    These pauses can occur hundreds of times throughout the night.

    Symptoms associated with sleep apnea include:

    • High blood pressure
    • Obesity
    • Large neck size (greater than 17 inches)
    • Snoring, snorts, gasps, choking
    • Daytime sleepiness
    • Restless sleep
    • Breathing pauses
    • Frequent urination

    Untreated sleep apnea can cause excessive daytime sleepiness, weight gain, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, memory problems and headaches. Sleep apnea is also linked to poor work quality, decreased libido, automobile accidents, depression, and ADHD in children.

    The diagnosis of OSAS requires a complete history, physical examination, and a overnight sleep study (polysomnogram). Treatment options include weight loss, continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP), the use of an oral appliance, and surgical remedies.

    Patients should discuss a sleep evaluation with their doctor if they have any of the following problems:

    • Loud excessive snoring
    • Snoring that wakes the patient at night
    • Gasping and choking during sleep
    • Dry mouth, sore throat, or headache in the morning
    • Daytime sleepiness and fatigue
    • High blood pressure
  • Periodic Limb Movements (PLMS)


    Periodic limb movements in sleep are repetitive movements, typically in the lower limbs, that occur every 20-40 seconds. The movements may be brief muscle twitches, jerking movements, or an upward flexing of the feet. They can last anywhere from a few minutes to several hours.

  • Restless Legs Syndrome


    Patients with RLS have various ways of describing the condition. Most describe a "crawling" or "tingling" sensation that occurs in the legs when they are trying to sleep.

  • REM Behavior Disorder (RBD)


    RBD is characterized by a blockage of REM sleep paralysis. The person acts out dramatic and/or violent dreams. RBD is most common in men over 60 years of age.Other features may include shouting or grunting. Unlike sleepwalking or periodic limb movements, RBD occurs during REM sleep.

  • Sunset Sleep Lab


    Sunset Sleep Disorder Center of Oxnard is the part of our practice that specializes in diagnosing and treating sleep related disorders. Our sleep center has earned accreditation from The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) The AASM is committed to ensuring that accredited facilities provide the highest quality of patient care.

    The sleep center has most of the comforts of home with a private hotel style room with a queen sized bed, cable television, bathroom and shower.

    Most sleep disorders can be effectively treated once they have been accurately diagnosed.

    A sleep study, called polysomnography, is a non-invasive procedure that monitors sleep patterns. A digital video records the event. Electrodes are applied to the patient's head, face, chest and legs to record brainwaves, eye and limb movements, heart rate, breathing and snoring. We also monitor the level of oxygen in the blood and the movement of the chest and abdomen. This process and all of the equipment used is painless to the patient.

    Sleep studies are performed by qualified sleep technologists who carefully set-up and explain the procedures. The technologist monitors the patient throughout the study in an area separate from the patient's sleep room.