A bad night’s sleep or something more?


If you want to eat better, sleep more. If you want to be alert and increase concentration, sleep more. If you want to reduce your risk of developing health conditions such as diabetes and heart disease, you guessed it – get more sleep. While time on the pillow may be easy for some, for others it can be a challenge. Dr. Michael Slattery, medical director of Hawaii Pacific Neuroscience’s new Sleep Disorders Center recommends patients to clock in seven hours of sleep every night. This time length, he says, enables patients to enter their normal sleep stage cycling and promotes the restorative nature of sleep that we need to function to our best ability. Dr. Slattery shares some signs to look out for to help you achieve what our bodies critically need: a good night’s sleep.

About Dr. Michael Slattery

Dr. Slattery graduated college from Cornell University where he majored in neurobiology and behavior and graduated with honors in distinction. He then completed medical school at Tufts University in Boston in Boston Massachusetts. After medical school and internship, Dr. Slattery completed separate residencies in psychiatry followed by neurology at the Tufts New England Medical Center in Boston Massachusetts. He then completed two separate year-long fellowship training programs in both Epilepsy/EEG/epilepsy monitoring and Sleep disorders medicine at Harvard’s Beth Israel Hospital in Boston Massachusetts. Dr. Slattery is Board certified in Neurology and Psychiatry after successfully passing separate board examinations in both of these major specialties. He is also subspecialty board certified in Sleep Medicine by both the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (added qualifications in sleep medicine) and the American of Board Sleep medicine (ABSM/lifelong certification) He is also board certified in EEG/clinical neurophysiology both by the American Board of Clinical Neurophysiology (ABCN)/life long certification) and also by the American Board of Psychiatry in Neurology/Added qualifications in Clinical Neurophysiology (EEG/EMG/NCV). Dr. Slattery practices a combination of sleep disorders medicine, general neurology and clinical neurophysiology and has over 20 years experience in clinical practice. He is medical director of the Hawaii Pacific Neuroscience Sleep Disorders Center.

Dr. Slattery is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine (Neurology) at the John A Burns School of Medicine in Honolulu, Hawaii.

If you experience any of the following symptoms, Dr. Slattery recommends a consultation with a sleep specialist:

  • Loud snoring
  • Insomnia
  • Witnessed apneas
  • Waking up short of breath
  • Waking up with headaches, dry mouth
  • Excessive daytime sleepiness
  • Trouble with memory
  • Inability to initiate or maintain sleep
  • Restless Leg Symptoms
  • Odd behaviors during sleep e.g. acting out dreams
  • Seizures or seizure-like episodes during sleep

Dr. Slattery warns that untreated sleep disorders can increase the risk for hypertension, stroke, cardiac arrhythmias, coronary heart disease, memory problems, worsening seizure disorders, worsening headache syndromes and depression, to name a few.

Dr. Slattery says that elderly individuals have more fragmented sleep with less deep sleep and REM sleep which may affect memory consolidation. Sleep fragmentation from any cause can affect attention and therefore the ability to create memories.

It’s important to remember that one or two nights of tossing and turning may not mean you need a sleep consultation. But if you are one of the 50 million Americans affected by a chronic sleep disorder in light of these symptoms, take action.

Dr. Slattery advises to first schedule a clinical evaluation of your symptoms, in addition to an exam to design proper testing depending on the exam findings. The sleep procedure is discussed in detail and Dr. Slattery will answer any questions you may have in regards to the evaluation.

Dr. Slattery joins Hawaii Pacific Neuroscience with decades of experience in the medical field, treating a broad range of neurological conditions. When he isn’t wearing his white coat, Dr. Slattery enjoys Outrigger paddling, cycling, kayaking, and playing the saxophone. If you’d like to schedule a consult with Dr. Slattery, please call or text Hawaii Pacific Neuroscience (808) 261- 4476.

Medical Disclaimer: The medical information provided by Hawaii Pacific Neuroscience, in lieu of a visit with a healthcare professional, must be considered an educational service only. This blog should not be dependent upon for medical judgment and does not replace a physician’s independent judgment about the medical condition for a given patient.