Sleep Medicine

Many people suffer from sleeping problems and sleep disorders that eventually disrupt their daily lives. Not getting sleep can leave you feeling weak, sick, achy, moody and as though you are walking through a mental fog and certainly not enjoying life. Fortunately, most sleeping problems can be treated but it may require a sleep study fully understand the cause.

Pulmonary Disease Specialists treats many sleeping disorders, including sleep apnea, insomnia, narcolepsy, Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS), Periodic Limb Movement Disorder (PLMD) and environmental issues causing sleeplessness.

A sleeping problem can be the symptom of a more serious illness and also lead to life-threatening diseases. Dr. Bernal can help and is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Diseases, Sleep Medicine and Critical Care Medicine.

Conditions and Treatments


Insomnia is the inability to sleep or sleep well which includes difficulty falling to sleep, difficulty staying asleep, waking up too early or have fragmented non-restorative sleep. Nearly everyone has experienced insomnia at one point or another due to a short term problem, anxiety, pain…

Periodic Limb Movement

Periodic limb movement (PLMD) is a disorder of uncontrolled movements of the legs and sometime the arms during sleep. A person who has this is not aware of it but rather than their sleep partner will typically complain. If the person sleeps alone this may not be detected unless they have a sleep study.


Narcolepsy is a sleep disorder characterized by a constant sensation of sleepiness and tendency to fall asleep at inappropriate times regardless of the amount of sleep at night. The exact cause is unknown but it stems from a disorder of the part of the brain that controls sleep and wakefulness.

Restless Leg Syndrome

Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) is a frequent uncomfortable sensation in the legs that people frequently describe as “creepy or crawly” and typically presents when sitting or lying and is more likely to occur at bedtime. The sensation is usually relieved by stretching, rubbing or moving the legs.

Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that results in no air movement or diminished air movement during sleep. There are two types of sleep apnea…

Sleep Study

A sleep study is called a polysomnography and is a laboratory recording of the most important functional changes that may occur while you sleep…