Nothing is as disruptive to leading a normal, productive life as the inability to get good, restful sleep. Almost everyone experiences an occasional sleepless night, but if you find it impossible to sleep night after night consider seeking medical help. At the comfortable Mother Lode Sleep Center, your sleep patterns are tracked overnight, recording valuable information that will lead to a proper diagnosis and the best course of action for you. If you have any of the following symptoms, you may have a sleep disorder called sleep apnea. You are not alone! At least 40 million Americans suffer from sleep disorders and 12 million of those have sleep apnea. • Having excessive daytime sleepiness and fatigue • Snoring loudly with periods of no breathing • Falling asleep while driving or doing other daytime activities • Waking with a dry throat • Experiencing morning headaches • Showing irritability and mood changes • Sleeping restlessly Sleep Apnea is a serious condition A lot of people think their sleep problem is just an annoyance but people with sleep disorders are at risk for developing other conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, or heart problems. People who suffer with poor sleep often feel drowsy and fall asleep during the day, affecting their daily activities and creating dangers such as falling asleep at the wheel. And sleep apnea, a disorder in which there are repeated pauses in breathing during sleep, can prevent the body from getting enough oxygen, cause excessive daytime fatigue and moodiness, and can lead to stroke or heart failure if left untreated. Medical Director Our sleep studies are conducted under the direction of Naeem Rana, MD, who is board certified in both Pulmonology and Sleep Medicine. Dr. Rana interprets the sleep studies and provides detailed reports to primary or referring physicians who then order treatments for their patients based on sleep study results. With access to Adventist Health's electronic medical record system, the staff at Mother Lode Sleep Center have the ability to work closely with the physicians and staff at Sonora Regional Medical Center. Get the help you need. Call your doctor today for a referral to the Mother Lode Sleep Center.