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By Mark T. Brown, MD, FACS
September 23, 2014
Category: Sleep Medicine

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The night before my Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) I lay in bed, heart pounding, until what seemed like 3:30 in the morning. I was miserable, certain that the next day was going to be a disaster and I would fail.  Obviously I made it through that test and on to medical school, but I will never forget that feeling: Hopeless, helpless, and seemingly at the mercy of my racing thoughts and anxiety.

Imagine having that feeling every night. Imagine being afraid to go to bed because you just know that you aren’t going to sleep and that tomorrow will be even more dismal than today. Chronic insomnia is one of the most difficult and disruptive sleep conditions. Millions of Americans suffer nightly.

Talking to a primary care doctor or even a specialist about your beliefs and approaches to sleep can go a long way toward getting you back on track. And there is absolutely no shame in taking a medicine to sleep. Medicated sleep is better than no sleep by a long shot.

If you are one of the unfortunate persons who struggle nightly with sleep, seek help. There are treatments, medical and otherwise, that can really improve the quality of your life, night and day. 

 

Mark T. Brown, MD, FACS

 

 

Dr. Mark Brown is an Otolaryngologist (Ear, Nose and Throat) specialist at Great Hills ENT in Austin, TX. Dr. Brown is Board Certified in both Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery as well as Sleep Medicine. Dr.Paige Peterson, audiologist, and the Audiology Department offer hearing aids and tinnitus solutions that are appropriate for your individual needs. Great Hills ENT serves the greater Austin area including Georgetown, Cedar Park, Lago Vista, Jonestown, Steiner Ranch, Lakeway, Spicewood and Point Venture. We are proud to provide excellent care to our patients for general Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) services, hearing loss, dizziness/vertigo and sleep disorders.

By Mark T. Brown, MD, FACS
November 19, 2013
Category: Sleep Medicine
Tags: Sleep Apnea   sleep lab   Mark Brown   Insomnia  

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Sleeping Better Really is Important!

One of my favorite scientific article titles is “Dubious bargain: trading sleep for Leno and Letterman.” (Basner MDinges DF.Sleep. 2009 Jun;32(6):747-52.) The premise of the commentary is that people don’t value sleep – they’d rather watch late night TV. The problem lies in when the alarm is set. That part of your day doesn’t have any flexibility. Your job or family responsibilities start on schedule during the week whether you went to bed at 10:00 or at midnight. Those two hours of lost sleep have a real impact on your life.

So the question remains, are Jay Leno and David Letterman worth it? If you ask me, a sleep specialist, the answer would be a resounding NO.  Adults require 7 to 8 hours of sleep to be healthy. In this country we value effort and results to the exclusion of self. It is one of the enduring reasons why the US is the strongest and largest economy in the history of the world. We use the Edison approach; working harder and longer brings reward. And it does. But if you are not rested and ready for those longer hours your productivity suffers.

So is late night TV worth it? I think not. Not if you are trying to conquer the world. Think about your health and success then next time you are flipping on the TV instead of flipping off your brain to go to sleep. Most of the time the late night chuckles don’t profit you as much as a few more hours of shuteye.  

Mark T. Brown, MD

Dr. Mark Brown is an Otolaryngologist (Ear, Nose and Throat) specialist at Great Hills ENT in Austin, TX. Dr. Brown is Board Certified in both Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery as well as Sleep Medicine. Great Hills ENT serves the greater Austin area including Georgetown, Cedar Park, Lago Vista, Jonestown, Steiner Ranch, Lakeway, Spicewood and Point Venture. We are proud to provide excellent care to our patients for general Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) services, hearing loss, dizziness/vertigo and sleep disorders.