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Sleep disturbances and sleep disorders are commonly
associated with neurological diseases, and neurological
impairments of sleep reveal much about the brain circuitry
involved in sleep regulation. Many neurological disorders are
now recognized to cause disruptions of sleep.
Sleep is a powerful modulator of epilepsy, with some
epilepsy syndromes occurring exclusively or predominantly
during sleep. These include benign childhood epilepsy with
centrotemporal spikes, autosomal dominant nocturnal
frontal lobe epilepsy, and continuous spike-wave activity
during sleep. Sleep deprivation has also been described as a
risk factor for epileptic seizures, although alcohol use and
work-related stress are confounding factors.
Sleep disorders can also occur as a consequence of treating
neurological disorders. For example, pathological sleepiness
may occur during treatment of Parkinson’s disease and other
movement disorders with dopamine-related drugs. In
addition, many drugs used to treat neurological disorders can
cause excessive sleepiness or wakefulness.
Dutchess Neurology, PLLC provides patients throughout Dutchess
County, NY the latest diagnosis, treatment and ongoing care for
multiple sclerosis, migraines and other types of headache,
Alzheimer’s disease and memory loss problems, sleep disorders
and other neurological conditions.
Loren E. Rosenthal, M.D. CPE has 38 years experience treating a
variety of neurological disorders. In addition, he is Director of
the Sleep Center at the Mid Hudson Regional Hospital of the
Westchester Medical Center. We look at a range of neurological
symptoms – from headaches to pain to altered vision, from
sensory changes to balance and coordination to weakness – in
a comprehensive way.