Modern Migraine MD

Sleep Disorders

Neurologist and Headache Specialist headquartered in New York, NY seeing patients virtually throughout the US

Sleep Disorders

Your brain plays a significant role in controlling your sleep pattern. Though sleep disorders have many causes, some are neurological. At Modern Migraine MD, with office locations in the NoMad neighborhood of Manhattan in New York City, Toms River, New Jersey, and Aventura, Florida, plus virtual telemedicine visits covering many states, Risa Ravitz, MD, offers workups for sleep disorders to confirm or rule out a neurological cause or a review of a sleep study. Call or schedule an in-office or telemedicine appointment online today. The practice provides telemedicine appointments in multiple states. 

Sleep Disorders Q & A

What are sleep disorders?

Sleep disorders refer to various conditions that disrupt your normal sleep pattern. 

Sleep is a complex process vital to your overall health and well-being. While you sleep, your brain and body are hard at work recovering from the previous day and getting you ready for the next.

Not getting enough high-quality sleep affects your physical and mental well-being. In addition to feeling tired, you may also have a hard time thinking, concentrating, or going about your daily routine. 

There are more than 80 types of sleep disorders that develop from a wide range of causes. Because your brain plays such a vital role in the sleep cycle, Modern Migraine MD performs neurological workups to confirm or rule out a neurological cause to explain your sleep problems.

What are neurological sleep disorders?

There are a number of neurological problems that affect the brain’s ability to manage the sleep cycle. Types of neurological sleep disorders include:

Central nervous system hypersomnia

Central nervous system hypersomnia causes extreme daytime sleepiness despite getting an adequate amount of sleep at night. Narcolepsy and idiopathic hypersomnia (IH) are types of central nervous system hypersomnia conditions.

Central sleep apnea

Central sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder in which you stop and restart breathing several times while sleeping due to problems with communication between the brain and the muscles that control breathing. 

Circadian rhythm disorders

With a circadian rhythm disorder, your body is unable to sleep and wake at the right times.


Eating, walking, and talking in your sleep are types of parasomnias. 

Rapid eye movement (REM) sleep behavior disorder

With REM sleep behavior disorder, you physically act out — vocalizing or hitting — vivid dreams during REM sleep. 

Fatal familial insomnia

Fatal familial insomnia is a rare genetic condition that causes insomnia that progressively worsens over time, leading to physical and mental deterioration. 

What happens during a workup for sleep disorders?

Modern Migraine MD specializes in diagnosing and treating neurological conditions and provides comprehensive sleep disorder workups to confirm or rule out a neurological cause to explain your sleep problems. 

During your workup, Dr. Ravitz does an evaluation and may refer you to a sleep center for a sleep study. If you have a neurological sleep disorder, Dr. Ravitz works closely with you to develop an effective treatment plan to improve your sleep.

If you have the results of a sleep study, Dr. Ravitz can review it to prepare a treatment plan that improves your sleep disorder symptoms. She can also help you manage a known sleep disorder diagnosis.

To find out more about neurological sleep disorders, call Modern Migraine MD or book an appointment online today.