Sleep Disorders Program
Sleep disorders diminish the daily quality of life for millions of people. Poor sleep also leads to serious health problems, especially heart disease, and an increased risk of car crashes.
If you have difficulty falling and/or staying asleep, or difficulty staying awake, you’re among the millions of Americans with a sleep disorder.
The Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin's Sleep Disorders Program stands apart in helping people who suffer from a wide range of sleep problems. Our expert sleep medicine team includes specialists in pulmonary medicine, neurological diseases, reconstructive surgery, oral and maxillofacial surgery and psychology. Many team physicians have additional fellowship training in sleep disorders, and all are board-certified in their specialty areas.
Diagnosing & Treating Sleep Disorders
In many cases, sleep disorders are caused by a combination of factors. Our team members work together to address sleep disorders from every angle, and provide patients with a thorough diagnosis, education about their disorder, treatment options and rehabilitation.
Because sleep disorders often have more than one cause, treatment can be complex. Effective, lasting treatment begins with thorough identification of the underlying cause(s) of the sleep problem. Physicians in the Sleep Disorders Program excel at finding the exact cause through a comprehensive evaluation. We talk to patients and ask the right questions to determine the exact cause for their sleep disorder. In many cases, a sleep study is not required to diagnose the problem.
Our staff is highly skilled in evaluating hard-to-diagnose sleep disorders and offering options for difficult-to-treat cases. Many people who have been treated at other sleep centers discover the difference of receiving comprehensive care at the Sleep Disorders Program. Some people learn that they received an incorrect diagnosis of their sleep problem, or that their poor sleep is related to a medical problem that was overlooked.
Because the program is part of an academic medical center, our sleep medicine specialists have access to the latest technology and research to fully evaluate a wide range of sleep disorders. We use a multidisciplinary approach to treatment, with our sleep medicine team often involving specialists from otolaryngology, neurology and endocrinology.
Our advanced medical and surgical treatment options are based on solid, evidence-based research. The program is known internationally for performing pioneering surgery to correct breathing-related sleep disorders.
Emphasis on Patient Education
Educating patients about their sleep disorder — even before treatment begins — is key to a successful outcome. We discuss recommended treatment options and work with each person to discuss how treatment will evolve over time, going through each step of the process. Patients truly partner with our team members in maximizing their health and well being. In some cases, people who are struggling with their prescribed medication or sleep equipment get the help they need to maximize the effective use of these items.
Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin also offer community education classes for the public on the health effects of inadequate sleep.
Teaching and Training Other Physicians
Through formal education programs, our sleep medicine physicians share their expertise with other physicians in the community. This helps physicians to ask the right questions when discussing sleep problems with their patients. We also teach the next generation of physicians about sleep disorders as part of the curriculum at The Medical College of Wisconsin, and provide sleep medicine fellowship training for two physicians each year.
- Jack Smith suffered from poor sleep for years, but never knew he had obstructive sleep apnea until he came to the Sleep Disorders Program. Read Jack Smith’s story.
- When a person has a sleep disorder, the right diagnosis and treatment can make all the difference. No one knows this better than Ken Neidert. Read Ken Neidert's story.