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Athens Center Sleep Disorders Team

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The following forms need to be completed before your visit. If you do not receive these in the mail, please download them, fill them out and bring them with you.

When you need a sleep medicine specialist with three decades of experience, call Ronald Cates, MD, at 903.675.1717. Or use our convenient online Request an Appointment form.

You are here because you or someone you care about has a sleep disorder. You are here because you want effective sleep solutions from caring professionals for symptoms such as:

  • Snoring
  • Irritability
  • Restless legs
  • Forgetfulness
  • Chronic pain
  • Gasping for air
  • Constant fatigue
  • Morning headaches 
  • Depression
  • Decreased sex drive/erectile dysfunction
  • Sleep walking
  • Difficulty concentrating

  • Loss of interest in hobbies and other activities

  • Dry mouth in the morning

  • Breathing stops during sleep (sleep apnea)
  • Nighttime sweating and choking
  • High blood pressure
  • Insomnia

The symptoms listed above vary from mild to life threatening. Left untreated, symptoms may lead to heart attack, seizures, stroke, atrial fibrillation (heart palpitations), diabetes and congestive heart failure. Sleep disorder symptoms should never be taken lightly, regardless of your age, gender, weight or physical condition.

The rising commonality of sleep-related problems in our society has designated sleep medicine specialty as an important part of your total healthcare needs. If you live in Henderson or Anderson Counties and the communities of Athens, Canton, Mabank, Palestine or Tyler, and surrounding East Texas areas, your first choice for effective treatment should be Ronald D. Cates, MD, at the Athens Center for Sleep Disorders.

When you need a sleep medicine specialist you can trust, call Ronald Cates, MD, at 903.675.1717. For your convenience, use our online Request an Appointment form to reserve your consultation.

Sleep Disorders

Breathing Disorders

Sleep breathing disorders include some of the most frightening and life-threatening conditions you or a loved one can experience. Snoring is an extremely common and treatable breathing disorder.

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Excessive Sleepiness

Narcolepsy is defined as constant sleepiness and the tendency to sleep at inappropriate times. Its impact on a person's life can be significant and even disabling.

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Restless Leg Syndrome

People experience restless legs in many ways, but all describe the feeling as an unpleasant "creepy, crawly" sensation when they are sitting or laying still, especially at bedtime.

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Nighttime Sleep Disorders

Almost 40% of all children will sleepwalk at some time, with peak occurrence between 3 and 7 years. Sleep walking often runs in families and most children outgrow it by adolescence. Sleepwalking can also be associated with night terrors.

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Insomnia is the inability to fall asleep or remain asleep. Trouble falling asleep or staying asleep plagues many adults. Insomnia will affect your waking and sleeping hours.

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Circadian Rhythm

Delayed sleep phase syndrome (DSPS) is a disorder in which the person's sleep-wake cycle (internal circadian rhythm clock) is delayed by two or more hours.

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