Too often people today make light of sleep and its crucial role in our everyday lives. Maybe you're the new mom & dad getting two hours per night. Maybe you're the overworked professional burning the candle at both ends. Perhaps you're the retiree who is suddenly, mysteriously struggling with a case of insomnia. Well, if you're reading this, chances are you're finding out the hard way that sleep is indeed a biological necessity.
Lack of sleep, or the presence of undiagnosed sleep disorders, can carry serious health consequences. Ranging from common snoring to serious life-threatening conditions, sleep disorders affect the lives of approximately 70 million Americans. That is about 1 in 5 people. Sleep medicine specializes in diagnosing, evaluating, treating and managing sleep disorders in all age groups.
Dr. Carl Nicoleau understands his patients' needs, and effortlessly maintains his reputation as a first class physician. He is widely regarded by his patients as a caring and attentive provider, and he has the online reviews to prove it. He is the recent recipient of Vitals' "Compassionate Doctor Award" and "Patients' Choice Awards"; he has also received commendations from Zocdoc for smooth-running schedule, quick appointment confirmation and return patients. He has also received many other distinctions throughout his career.
Dr. Nicoleau was educated at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. He is committed to making patients’ comfort a priority, and to providing the best care possible.
Dr. Nicoleau specializes in both sleep medicine and internal medicine. Naturally, every doctor specializes in his or her own unique brand of practice, but sometimes it's helpful to have a broad overview of what exactly the specialties themselves entail:
A sleep medicine specialist is trained in diagnosing and treating disorders involving sleep. Sleep disorders such as sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome and insomnia are very common and can often cause other serious health issues, such as depression, asthma, and migraines. Sleep medicine specialists often work in sleep centers where they observe a patient while sleeping and monitor brain waves, behavior, and vital signs in order to identify the causes of sleep disturbance, or an inability to sleep (insomnia).
An internist is a physician who focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of conditions that affect the adult population—both acute and chronic. These doctors are often who adults see as their primary physicians because they treat a broad range of illnesses that do not require surgical or specialist interventions. They also work to help a patient maintain optimal health in order to prevent the onset of disease.
In addition to treating the common cold and flu, internists also treat chronic diseases like diabetes and heart disease.