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By Pacific Sleep Program
October 15, 2019
Category: Services

If you need to undergo a sleep study find out what to expect.

Has one of our Portland and Astoria sleep medicine physicians Dr. Gerald Rich, Dr. Radhika Breaden or Dr. Jennifer Kim told you that you doctorscould benefit from a sleep test, also known as polysomnography? If so, it could be because the symptoms you’re experiencing are warning signs of insomnia, sleep apnea or other sleep disorders. The sooner these sleep disturbances are identified the sooner we can help you get a better night’s sleep. So, here’s what to expect from your overnight exam:


It’s Non-Invasive

There is nothing painful or invasive about a sleep study. While you will stay in our modern sleep center overnight we will monitor your brain and bodily activity while you sleep. During the test, you will have sensors placed on certain areas of your head and body to measure everything from blood oxygen levels and heart rate and rhythm to body movement and snoring. The electrodes will not cause discomfort or pain.


Bring Your Sleepwear

Just because you are sleeping somewhere new doesn’t mean that you can’t bring along the items that help you sleep. Feel free to bring any personal items that make you feel more comfortable, such as pajamas. We will place the sensors on your body before you go into the room. The private room will be dark and prepped for sleep. Of course, if you have trouble sleeping do not worry. We will still be able to collect the data we need even if you do not get a full night’s rest.


You’ll Have to Wait for Results

The results will not be immediate. We will collect the data and then one of our doctors will need to go through the findings. This can take up to one week or more. We will schedule your follow-up appointment so that we can go through your results and then talk to you about any recommended treatment options if you do have a sleep disorder.


Test for All Sleep Problems

Dealing with frequent morning headaches? Experiencing extreme daytime fatigue despite getting a full night’s rest? These symptoms could be a sign of a sleep disorder. Unfortunately, many people have problems like sleep apnea and don’t even know it. Furthermore, some sleep disorders can affect your health, so it’s important that you seek proper care if you are experiencing difficulty sleeping. A sleep test can help diagnose,

  • Narcolepsy
  • Sleep apnea
  • Parasomnias
  • Insomnia
  • Circadian rhythm disorders


Having trouble falling or staying asleep? Not feeling rested after sleep? If you are dealing with these issues in Astoria or Portland, OR, then call Pacific Sleep Program today to schedule an evaluation. Call Pacific Sleep Program in Portland at (503) 228-4414 or in Astoria at (503) 325-3126.

By Pacific Sleep Program
February 06, 2019
Category: Services
Tags: Sleep Medicine  

How the doctors in Portland and Astoria, Oregon can help with sleep problems

If you are having trouble sleeping, feel groggy during the day, or are having trouble concentrating, you could be one of 35 million Americans who have a sleep disorder. Sleep medicine is right for you if you are having a tough time sleeping. The doctors at Pacific Sleep Program can help you sleep better. They have two convenient office locations in Astoria, and Portland, Oregon to serve you.


So, how do you know if sleep medicine is right for you? Sleep medicine can help if you suffer from:

Acute or chronic insomnia, which is difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep; if insomnia goes untreated, it can lead to fatigue, difficulty concentrating, and mood swings.

Snoring, which can be a sign of sleep apnea; if sleep apnea goes untreated it can lead to an increased risk of stroke, heart disease, and other serious medical conditions.

Narcolepsy, which is a form of epilepsy involving episodes of suddenly falling asleep; untreated narcolepsy can result in difficulties at work, operating a vehicle, and other day-to-day activities.

You can try some simple techniques at home to help you get to sleep including creating a restful atmosphere in your bedroom, with no television, computer screens, phones, or other screens to look at. If you have tried conservative measures and still have trouble falling asleep, you need to seek out the services of a sleep medicine doctor.

The doctors at Pacific Sleep Program do sleep testing to evaluate your sleep patterns and determine the sleep disorder you might be suffering from. They offer sleep study appointments on most nights during the week. Your sleep study will be comfortable and easy because you can sleep on a Select Comfort Sleep Number bed, enjoy WI-FI access, and satellite TV services.

These are just a few of the many conditions sleep medicine doctors can treat. 95% of people who suffer from a sleep disorder go undiagnosed, and you don’t want to be one of them. Find out if sleep medicine is right for you by calling the sleep medicine doctors at Pacific Sleep Program, with offices in Astoria, and Portland, Oregon. Call today!

By Pacific Sleep Program
June 14, 2017
Category: Services
Tags: sleep problems  

If you're having trouble sleeping, you may be surprised to learn that you're not alone. According to the Center for Disease Control and sleep problemsPrevention, approximately 50-70 million American adults have sleep troubles for various reasons and the CDC has even labeled this a “public health problem.” Explore the various reasons why you may find it hard to fall asleep and how it can be resolved with the help of sleep medicine from the doctors at Pacific Sleep Program in Portland and Astoria, OR.

Are You Finding It Difficult to Sleep?
Some people sit up all night unable to nod off at all while others are completely unaware that they're not getting proper sleep. Here are a few signs that you're experiencing a sleep problem:

- You’re tired when you wake up, even after a long stretch of sleeping
- You’re unable to concentrate on your work or school assignments during the day
- You frequently nod off during waking hours
- Loud persistent snoring

Common Sleep Problems and Causes
You need sleep to function normally throughout your day. Many sleep-deprived patients would experience a significant increase in productivity if they addressed the core of the problem. If you are diagnosed with a sleep problem, these are some of the most common causes:

- Sleep apnea (an obstruction of the air passageways when sleeping that causes snoring)
- Narcolepsy (a neurological problem)
- Restless legs syndrome (tingling or itching in the legs that makes it hard to stay still in bed)
- UARS (Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome)
- Too much stress and worrying
- Lifestyle and diet (eating too late at night or consuming too much caffeine)

Sleep Treatments 
Revolutionary treatments are available at Pacific Sleep Program in Portland and Astoria that can help you get the sleep your body needs every night. Here are a few solutions to explore with your doctor:

- Sleep position therapy
- Nasal devices or surgeries
- Dental devices for sleep apnea
- Medication to help you get proper rest at night

Explore Sleep Solutions
If you are having a problem getting a good night’s rest, find out more about sleep medicine at Pacific Sleep Program in Portland and Astoria, OR. Call (503) 325-3126 today to schedule an appointment at the Astoria office or (503) 228-4414 for the Portland office.

By Pacific Sleep Program
December 24, 2015
Category: Services
Tags: Insomnia  

Lack of sleep affects every aspect of your life, from your performance at work to your relationships with family members. Sometimes it seems as if the harder you try to fall asleep, the more difficult it is to achieve your goal. Gerald B. Rich, MD, PC, the founder of Pacific Sleep Program, along with doctors Radhika Breaden, Gregory Clark and Andrea Matsumura, are here to share a few tips for Astoria Sleep Apnearesidents who suffer from insomnia.

Create the perfect environment

Bright lights, noise, and rooms that are either too hot or too cold can interfere with your ability to fall asleep or remain asleep. Although some people claim that they can sleep anywhere, most of us benefit from sleeping in a dark, quiet room. It's hard to sleep if you aren't comfortable. Replace worn mattresses and wear your softest pajamas or clothing to bed.

Skip the caffeine

Since caffeine is a stimulant, it's not surprising that it interferes with your ability to fall asleep or sleep deeply. The effects of caffeine can last for hours, which means that the cup of coffee you drank at 4 p.m. may make it hard to fall asleep at 10 p.m. Drink coffee, tea, colas and other beverages containing caffeine early in the day. Switch to herbal tea or other non-caffeinated drinks in the afternoon or evening.

Establish a routine

You may be able to eliminate insomnia by sticking to the same sleep routine every day of the week. Resist the urge to sleep in on Saturday, as varying sleep schedules can confuse your body. Make exercise a part of your daily routine. Exercise helps reduce stress and tension and can help you sleep better. Although exercise can be helpful, don't work out several hours before you plan to go to bed, as exercise can initially make you feel more energetic.

Call the experts in Astoria

If nothing you try relieves your insomnia, make an appointment with a sleep disorders doctor. These physicians specialize in a variety of sleep problems and can help you get more rest.

Is insomnia controlling your life? Call Astoria doctors Gerald B. Rich, MD, PC, and his colleagues Drs. Radhika Breaden, Gregory Clark and Andrea Matsumura, at (503) 325-3126 today. A better night's sleep awaits you!