Altitude insomnia usually affects travelers visiting places in elevations of more than 2,000 feet. We spoke to Roxanne Valentino, M.D., medical director of the St. Thomas Center for Sleep in Nashville, Tenn., for one approach to the medical problems you or your loved one may suffer from when trying to sleep.
If you think you might have altitude insomnia, use this as a reference point before getting personalized medical advice from your doctor or other accredited sleep expert. --Shellie Braeuner
"This sleep disorder is really a byproduct of altitude sickness," explains Dr. Valentino. "People report waking up feeling breathless or with a headache." These symptoms, which also includes fatigue, come with the changes in altitude and affect the sleeper's comfort.
Deal With Symptoms Of Altitude Sickness:
Take A Mild Pain Reliever
See Your Doctor
Roxanne Valentino, M.D., earned her medical degree from the Ohio State University. She completed her residency at the Cleveland Clinic followed by a fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic specializing in sleep medicine and neurophysiology. Dr. Valentino is certified by the American Board of Sleep Medicine and the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in clinical neurophysiology.
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