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Dr. Irvin C. Tantuco is a Board Certified Sleep Medicine doctor in Houston, Texas providing comprehensive general medical care for sleep disorders in Houston. Dr. Tantuco’s philosophy focuses on offering highly respectful, professional and effective care to each patient. Every effort is made by the doctor to carefully design treatment plans that are inclusive of the broad range and complexity of health and illness. The special uniqueness of each patient, as well as their personal goals in life and their health, are of the utmost importance to Dr. Tantuco and his staff.


Dr. Tantuco is an Assistant Professor with Baylor College of Medicine, he operates his own private Sleep Medicine practice at the Museum District, North of the Texas Medical Center in Houston, Dr. Tantuco maintains a unique approach to patient care by utilizing the latest, most effective medical treatments, combined with old fashioned concern and respect for the patient as an individual and their overall well-being. This personalized approach has helped to solidify a rewarding, lasting relationship between Dr. Tantuco and his patients, making him a unique sleep doctor among other sleep doctors practicing Sleep Medicine in Houston, Texas.


Dr. Tantuco understands the difficulty of obtaining quality medical care by the doctor that many patients face in an increasingly complex and impersonal health care system. As your personal Sleep Medicine doctor in Houston, Dr. Tantuco is genuinely interested in your well-being and will not only provide you the best care possible, but also coordinate your medical care with other excellent specialists throughout the city.


Sleep is not just “time out” from daily life; sleep is an essential part of our lives. Sleep is crucial for good physical and mental health, when we sleep well, we feel refreshed and full of energy for the day ahead. People sleep about one-third of their lives, so that their body may do the processes to rejuvenate and restore optimal health. While we don’t know exactly why we sleep, scientists have shown that lack of sleep or disturbed sleep has serious health consequences, sleep is often considered to be a barometer of your overall health. In many cases, people in good health tend to sleep well, whereas those suffering from repeated sleeping problems might have an underlying medical or mental health problem, be it minor or serious.

Sleep occurs in stages throughout the night. There is REM (rapid eye movement) and non-REM sleep. During non-REM sleep, many of the body’s restorative functions occur. During REM sleep, our thoughts and experiences from the day are processed and dreams may occur.

How and when you sleep is determined by a number of factors. One of the most important is your internal clock, also known as your circadian rhythm. This clock regulates your biologic rhythm over a 24-hour period. Because we all have different rhythms, stages of sleep, and required amounts of sleep, there really is no “normal” sleep. It is when you routinely wake from sleep feeling restless or sleepy then there could be a problem.

Sleeping well is essential to your physical health and emotional well-being. Unfortunately, even minimal sleep loss will take a toll on your mood, energy, efficiency, and ability to handle stress. Ignoring sleep problems and disorders will lead to poor health, accidents, impaired job performance, and relationship stress. Poor sleep affects our ability to concentrate and perform at work, and enjoy our leisure time. In addition, lack of quality sleep triggers the release of stress hormones which raise our blood pressure and promote weight gain. Estimations are that more than 70 million people in United States have sleep disorders that prevent them for having a healthy sleep rhythm. This may lead to issues like chronic fatigue, irritability, headaches and lack of concentration.

In some cases, an untreated sleep disorder may increase the risk for high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and stroke. Some of the signs and symptoms of fragmented sleep are excessive daytime sleepiness, waking up gasping for air, depression, high blood pressure, morning headache, poor memory, neck size over 17, poor sleep quality and loud snoring.

Sleep deprivation might cause significant physical and psychological problems while compromising quality of life. If you’re getting less than six to eight hours of sleep each night, chances are you’re sleep deprived – sometimes without even being aware of it, that means that you may be suffering from a sleep disorders that requires help of a doctor who has expertise in sleep medicine.


Sleep problems may manifest in different ways. Some patients have trouble sleeping, while others feel tired, no matter how long they spend in bed. It is important to know just how much lack of sleep will affect you and your loved ones.

There are at least 84 types of sleep disorders that can lead to a lowered quality of life and reduced personal health. These sleeping disorders can lead to problems falling asleep and staying asleep, difficulties staying awake or staying within a regular sleep/wake cycle, sleepwalking, bedwetting, nightmares, and other problems that interfere with sleep. Some sleep disorders may be life threatening. These patients do not get a good night’s rest, or they are sleepy during the day. People suffering from a sleep disorder find themselves cranky and tired. They also endanger public safety by contributing to traffic and industrial accidents. Sleep disorders are very common now days and they contribute to numerous health problems which include, cardiovascular disease, obesity, depression, anxiety, impaired concentration, weak memory and optimal performance issues.



Sleep apnea is a common disorder in which you have one or more pauses in breathing or shallow breaths while you sleep. Breathing pauses can last from a few seconds to minutes. They may occur 30 times or more an hour. Typically, normal breathing stops then starts again, sometimes with a loud snort or choking sound. Sleep apnea usually is a chronic (ongoing) condition that disrupts your sleep. When your breathing pauses or becomes shallow, you’ll often move out of deep sleep and into light sleep.


Snoring is caused by turbulence inside the airway during inspiration, which is caused by a partial blockage anywhere from the tip of the nose to the vocal chords. During sleep our muscle tone is reduced and there may be insufficient muscle tone to prevent the airway tissue vibrating. In fact snoring is a symptom of sleep apnea - a sleep disorder characterized by abnormal pauses in breathing or instances of abnormally low breathing during sleep.


Narcolepsy is typically characterized by excessive sleepiness during the day, with a tendency to sleep at inappropriate times. There may be attacks of an irresistible, or nearly irresistible, urge to sleep. Although narcoleptics may sleep poorly at night, the daytime sleepiness of narcolepsy is generally not related to the quality of night time sleep.


The inability to sleep or to sleep satisfactorily – is the most common sleep disorder. Symptoms vary from restless or disturbed sleep, to difficulty falling asleep, to a reduction in the usual time spent sleeping. In the extreme, it may involve the total inability to sleep for days at a time. According to AASM, occasional insomnia is experienced by more than a third of American adults, and chronic insomnia is known to plague more than one in 10.


Parasomnias are episodes of abnormal or unwanted behavior in sleep. Usually the behaviour is noted by others and not the patient. Parasomnias often include walking, talking, bed wetting or rocking during sleep. The most common parasomnias are talking while asleep, night terrors, starts or body jerks and REM sleep behavior disorder. REM sleep behavior disorder is characterized by the patient, usually an older male, acting out his dreams. In some cases, parasomnia activity is inherited.


People experience restless legs syndrome (RLS) in many different ways, but all sufferers describe very unpleasant “creepy, crawly” sensations that occur in the legs when they are sitting or lying still, especially at bedtime. RLS can be very painful, but the pain is unlike that of a leg cramp. RLS is also different from the feeling of a limb having “fallen asleep” when the blood supply is cut off, and from the “pins and needles” or burning sensation sometimes experienced by those with peripheral neuropathy.


Periodic limb movement disorder (PLMD) is a condition that was formerly called sleep myoclonus or nocturnal myoclonus. It is described as repetitive limb movements that occur during sleep and cause sleep disruption. The limb movements usually involve the lower extremities, consisting of extension of the big toe and flexion of the ankle, the knee, and the hip. In some patients, the limb movements might occur in the upper extremities as well.


Bruxism is the medical term for grinding the teeth and clenching the jaw. Patients sometimes grind their teeth without it causing any symptoms or problems, but regular, persistent teeth grinding may cause jaw pain and discomfort and wear down your teeth. It can also cause headaches and earache. Most cases of teeth grinding (nearly 80%) occur subconsciously during sleep. It's usually associated with contributing factors, such as stress or anxiety.


A less well-known, yet common Sleep Disorder, is Upper Airways Resistance Syndrome (UARS) and is often the case when patients have a sleep study with too low an AHI (apnea-hypopnea index) score to be classed as a diagnosis for Sleep Apnea.  It should be noted that very often UARS does eventually progress into Sleep Apnea as people age and lose muscle tone, or if they gain weight.  Sadly UARS is often not recognized and patients can suffer with just as severe daytime symptoms as someone untreated for Sleep Apnea!


Hypersomnia is excessive sleepiness, it is an excessively deep or prolonged major sleep period. It may be associated with difficulty in awakening. It is believed to be caused by the central nervous system and may be associated with a normal or prolonged major sleep episode and excessive sleepiness consisting of prolonged sleep episodes of non-REM sleep. A person with hypersomnia may sleep up to twelve hours a night, and still need frequent daytime naps.


Shift work sleep disorder (SWSD) affects people whose work hours clash with the typical sleep period. It is classified as a circadian rhythm disorder (referring to the natural 24hr rhythm of our human biological clock), where symptoms may include either insomnia or excessive sleepiness, reduced performance at work, irritability or depression. Many people who work untraditional hours are able to do so without suffering from Shift work sleep disorder (SWSD), but there are some who deal with this problem.


If you have sleep paralysis you are awake but you are unable to move your body (paralysis) and unable to speak when you wake up from sleep. Sometimes it will occur as you are falling asleep. Sleep paralysis is common but many people only experience sleep paralysis once or twice in their life.  Sleep paralysis is relatively common. About 1 in 5 people have at least one episode of sleep paralysis during their lifetime. Sleep paralysis is more common in people of African-American heritage and with mental health issues.


To understand what causes sleep talking - Somniloquy, to give it its formal name - we must first understand what happens to us when we fall asleep.

When we are sleeping, we alternate in cycles between two types of sleep: lighter REM sleep and deeper non-REM. REM stands for rapid eye movement where your eyes move quickly while closed. Dreams typically happen during REM sleep. A lot of sleep talking will happen during the REM dream phase, but it may also happen in the night at any sleep stage.

So if you are having one of these issues or you just have difficulty falling and staying asleep at night, or staying awake during the daytime, or you are restless then you may have a sleep disorder that needs medical attention. Maybe you just want to stop snoring and sleep through the night, or seek snoring treatment so a loved one can get a better night's sleep. If you are experiencing this difficulty or are witnessing someone in your family struggle with getting a good night's rest, then you've come to the right place. For patients in Houston suffering with sleep disorders, the sleep clinic of Dr. Irvin C. Tantuco, MD is conveniently located in the center of Houston, TX. He has almost 20 years of experience and is highly trained specialist that utilizes the most advanced medical technologies available to effectively diagnose and treat Sleep disorders including sleep apnea, insomnia, parasomnia, Restless Legs syndrome, narcolepsy, and all other sleep related problems in a comfortable, professional, and friendly environment. Dr. Tantuco’s sleep clinic in Houston, TX is staffed by a multi disciplinary team under the personal supervision of Dr. Tantuco himself. We provide a comprehensive program to fully understand, diagnose and treat your sleeping disorder, we can help you obtain the restful sleep your body needs. The clinic in Houston is equipped with state of the art technology, and the staff is meticulously trained in the field of sleep medicine, making every effort to ensure that patient’s experience is satisfactory, comfortable and as pleasant as possible.

We welcome the opportunity to serve you at our clinic in Houston, please call us at (713) 524-3900 and speak with one of our friendly representatives regarding your sleep issues. Let’s start working to get your sleep back for the better days ahead!


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