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Dr. Nancy Virginia Behrens, MD
Specializes in Psychiatry & Neurology, Sleep Medicine
1450 Matthews Township Parkway
Matthews, NC

Dr. Nancy Behrens is a medical specialist in sleep medicine. Dr. Behrens's professional affiliations include Novant Health Matthews Medical Center and Presbyterian Hospital. She studied medicine at MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine. For her residency, Dr. Behrens trained at Montefiore Medical Center. She is in-network for Medicare insurance. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Behrens include: Janet Glasgow Memorial Achievement Citation, Ameri, MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine; David Dunn Award for Excellence in Neurology, MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine; and Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society, MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine. Dr. Behrens has an open panel.

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Dr. Robbie Donald Buechler, PhD, MD
Specializes in Neurophysiology, Neurology, Sleep Medicine
1401 Matthews Twp Parkway; Suite 312
Matthews, NC

Dr. Robbie Buechler is a physician who specializes in neurophysiology, neurology (brain & spinal cord disease), and sleep medicine. Dr. Buechler is professionally affiliated with Novant Health. He is a graduate of Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School. He completed his residency training at Duke University Medical Center. He is rated highly by his patients. He takes Medicare insurance. Dr. Buechler welcomes new patients.

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Dr. Urvi Gautam Desai, MD
Specializes in Neuromuscular Medicine, Neurology, Sleep Medicine
1220 Mann Drive
Matthews, NC

Dr. Urvi Desai, who practices in Matthews, NC and Charlotte, NC, is a medical specialist in neuromuscular medicine, neurology (brain & spinal cord disease), and sleep medicine. Dr. Desai's clinical interests include brain aneurysm, migraine, and myasthenia gravis. Dr. Desai is in-network for Medicare insurance. After attending Medical College Baroda for medical school, Dr. Desai completed Dr. Desai's residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of North Carolina (UNC). Dr. Desai's professional affiliations include Carolinas Medical Center, Carolinas Medical Center-Mercy, and Carolinas Medical Center-Pineville.

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What is Sleep Medicine?

Sleep medicine is the medical field that deals with the diagnosis and treatment of conditions related to sleep and rest. This can include difficulty sleeping well at night or problems with daytime sleepiness. Sleep medicine specialists treat patients of all ages who need better rest.

When people think of sleep disorders, they often think of insomnia. That’s one kind of sleep disorder, but there are several others. In addition to insomnia, a sleep medicine specialist may treat conditions such as:
  • Sleep apnea
  • Shift work disorder
  • Circadian rhythm disorder
  • Severe or recurrent jet lag
  • Narcolepsy

Treatments may include medication, light therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, or CPAP therapy. CPAP, which stands for continuous positive airway pressure, is one of the most commonly prescribed treatments. These tiny machines have a tube and mask and blow a stream of air over the face at night, helping patients with snoring or sleep apnea to breathe easily and sleep more soundly.

One important tool often used in sleep medicine is the sleep study or polysomnogram, where patients sleep either in a lab or at home with a monitoring device. The sleep study allows doctors to measure the quality of sleep over an entire night, check for various sleep problems, and identify breathing disorders such as sleep apnea. If performed in a lab, you will arrive and spend the night sleeping in a bed similar to one in a hotel room. You may have electrodes attached to your head and chest to monitor your breathing, oxygen levels, brain waves, and heart rate. Technicians collect the information, which your physician can use to identify and diagnose disorders that have been interrupting your sleep.

Not getting enough rest at night makes you feel terrible, can make it difficult to do the things you need to do, and can even put you at higher risk for physical and mental health problems. Feeling tired all the time can be a huge quality of life issue. If a sleep disorder is preventing you from getting enough rest, a sleep medicine specialist can help you manage the problem so that you have the energy to enjoy your life.
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