U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free

Dr. Michael Summers

Sleep Medicine
Omaha, NE
24 years experience male

Locations

UNMC

Omaha, NE

Address

985990 Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE
Directions

About

Specialties
Doctors may have more than one area of specialty interest. Board certification in a specialty area means the doctor has completed formal training and has practice experience in that specialty, and has passed the certification examination from the corresponding accredited medical specialty board.

Sleep Medicine

Pulmonary Critical Care

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

93 Answers
1 Agree
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Summers
Sleep Medicine 24 years experience
Depends : The active ingredient that makes you "sleep better" is Benadryl (diphenhydramine). Benadryl is an anti-histamine, with a known side-effect profile of... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Summers
Sleep Medicine 24 years experience
Not born with it: Narcolepsy is a disorder of hypersomnolence, usually presenting in late-teenage to late-20's. Many patients with narcolepsy may have a "hypocretin" d... Read More
A 51-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Summers
Sleep Medicine 24 years experience
See your doctor: The differential for those symptoms is long. The only way to figure out what's really going on is to see your doctor so he/she can do a thorough inta... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Summers
Sleep Medicine 24 years experience
Yes: Lortab has hydrocodone, which has a known side effect of making some people sleepy.
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Summers
Sleep Medicine 24 years experience
Almost certainly: Your sleep issues are almost certainly anxiety/psychiatric. Sfi is so incredibly rare, it's essentially unheard of outside of people google searching... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Summers
Sleep Medicine 24 years experience
Yes: No interaction concerns with Naproxen and melatonin.
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Summers
Sleep Medicine 24 years experience
Multiple causes: Could be your airway collapsing (sleep apnea) as you transition from wake to sleep. Other common causes of cough that's worse/only present at night i... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Summers
Sleep Medicine 24 years experience
Need to taper: If coming off long term use of rivotril (clonazepam) you need to taper off it. Don't just stop it. See your prescribing doctor and have him/her come... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Summers
Sleep Medicine 24 years experience
Possible OSA: Sounds like sleep apnea. Often time people will snort and wake themselves as they are transitioning from wake to sleep due to relaxation of the muscl... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Summers
Sleep Medicine 24 years experience
Probably shouldn't: While many people are dependent on sleeping pills, it's often due to the fact that a physician hasn't taken a thorough history to try to get to the ro... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Summers
Sleep Medicine 24 years experience
No: Lucid dreaming only means your are aware you are dreaming and can attempt to "control the dream content". You can't go in to a coma from lucid dream... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Summers
Sleep Medicine 24 years experience
Hypoglycemia: Could be due to hypoglycemia from Insulin release after eating sugar/sweets. Make an appointment with your primary doctor for a more thorough evaluat... Read More
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Summers
Sleep Medicine 24 years experience
Pleurisy: Sounds like pleurisy. Typically a transient (but painful) inflammation of the lining (pleura) of the lung. Worse with deep breaths.
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Summers
Sleep Medicine 24 years experience
Yes: There should be no issue taking these two medications together at appropriate doses.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Summers
Sleep Medicine 24 years experience
Differential is long: You need to see your pediatrician, and ideally, a pediatric sleep specialist. The differential diagnosis is long. The treatment tends to fall in to ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Summers
Sleep Medicine 24 years experience
Need more info...: You need to see a sleep specialist. If you have significant hypersomnolence, it could be due to something as simple as insufficient sleep, in which c... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Summers
Sleep Medicine 24 years experience
Take as prescribed: As long as you take the prescribed dose and are under the care of a physician, you should be just fine. Many patients are on both a benzodiazepine (l... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Summers
Sleep Medicine 24 years experience
Why tolerate?: Loud snoring can be a sign of more serious medical issues. If someone snores loudly, and is overweight, and/or is tired during the day, they may hav... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Summers
Sleep Medicine 24 years experience
See doctor: Could be sleep apnea or a disorder of hypersomnolence (idiopathic / narcolepsy). Could also be other medical issues going on. He needs to see his do... Read More
A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Summers
Sleep Medicine 24 years experience
Two independent: Two independent issues. The snoring could be heralding possible sleep apnea. The dyspnea when you run fast could be exercise induced asthma, decondi... Read More
A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Summers
Sleep Medicine 24 years experience
Pulmonary htn: Untreated sleep apnea causes strain on the heart and often low oxygen levels at night. This can lead to pulmonary hypertension (manifested by elevate... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Summers
Sleep Medicine 24 years experience
Get enough sleep: First step to prevent it is to make sure you are getting no less than 7-9 hours of sleep per night. Sleep deprivation and stress will increase likeli... Read More
A 62-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Summers
Sleep Medicine 24 years experience
Typically...: If you truly have rls, the first line agents are the dopaminergic agonists. There are two primarily used: ropinirole (requip) and Pramipexole (mirape... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Summers
Sleep Medicine 24 years experience
Assistance Programs: If you don't have insurance contact your sleep physician clinic and see if they have some sort of a patient financial assistance program. Medicat... Read More
A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Summers
Sleep Medicine 24 years experience
Could be many things: Most common causes of cough: 1) post nasal drip 2) asthma 3) gerd (or a combination of the above). See a pulmonologist if you haven't already, as th... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Summers
Sleep Medicine 24 years experience
Confused: As to what you are asking. See a GI doc if you have acid reflux that's preventing you from sleeping, as it sounds like it's sub-optimally treated.
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Summers
Sleep Medicine 24 years experience
Possible RLS: Restless legs syndrome could cause this, as could neuropathic pain (e.g. From diabetes, etc). Go here and see if it sounds like it may be what you ar... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Summers
Sleep Medicine 24 years experience
Depends on person: Everyone's sensitivity to caffeine is different. That being said, why would you ingest a lot of caffeine if your were trying to fall asleep? Best wa... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Summers
Sleep Medicine 24 years experience
Depends: Most snoring is worse when on the back. Also if you've been drinking. So avoiding alcohol and not sleeping on the back seem to help. Also making su... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Summers
Sleep Medicine 24 years experience
Whatever: Is most comfortable for you. That being said, people with sleep apnea/snoring tend to have worse severity when on their back. There is no one best-s... Read More
A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Summers
Sleep Medicine 24 years experience
Not necessarily: Rls is better thought of as "restless limb syndrome" in that it can affect both upper and lower extremities (though lower is much more common). It is... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Summers
Sleep Medicine 24 years experience
Yes: You may be having apneic episodes shortly after or while transitioning in to sleep. Some people sense this as gasping/choking/shortness of breath. D... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Summers
Sleep Medicine 24 years experience
May help but....: Flexeril (cyclobenzaprine hcl) is not used for rls. That being said, if you have other muscle relaxant issues, Flexeril (cyclobenzaprine hcl) may hel... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Summers
Sleep Medicine 24 years experience
Many possibilities: Find a sleep specialist. Could be due to a new anxiety disorder that's manifesting. High stress levels, etc. Seeing a sleep specialist will allow h... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Summers
Sleep Medicine 24 years experience
Confused on question: If you're feeling overstuffed, it's likely you ate to much. The fact that you are trying to go to sleep after eating a large meal isn't a very good i... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Summers
Sleep Medicine 24 years experience
Primary doc / GI?: I'd start with your primary doc. Perhaps it is due to medications you are taking before bed, or some other obvious cause once a good history is taken.... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Summers
Sleep Medicine 24 years experience
No: Loratadine (claritin) is an anti-histamine. These medications can cause sedation as a side effect, but i wouldn't call it a sleeping pill. If you ne... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Summers
Sleep Medicine 24 years experience
See a pulmonary doc: Could be allergies, could also be a cough-variant asthma. Could be a combination of the above as well. A pulmonary doc will be able to help figure t... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Summers
Sleep Medicine 24 years experience
Probably not: If you have aches and pains from a new mattress, it may be the wrong mattress for you (to soft or to firm, etc). Every person is different on what ma... Read More
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Summers
Sleep Medicine 24 years experience
Depends-Needs Psych: That's a pretty high dose of clonazepam. Being only 26 years old, and having memory issues, i'd question if that's the best anxiety regimen for you. ... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Summers
Sleep Medicine 24 years experience
Could be osa: Could be sleep apnea. He should see his doctor and they can order a sleep study if they feel it is indicated.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Summers
Sleep Medicine 24 years experience
Don't do it: Why not study prior to the exam? It sounds like you know this is coming up. Data is clear that your retention is much better if you get adequate sle... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Summers
Sleep Medicine 24 years experience
See a sleep doctor: You need to see a sleep specialist so he/she can take a more thorough intake history to try and better figure out what may be going on. One thing to... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Summers
Sleep Medicine 24 years experience
No: Lucid dreaming just means that you are aware you are dreaming and therefore make an attempt to control said dream content. It can't lead to a coma.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Summers
Sleep Medicine 24 years experience
Many possibilities: First reaction is that you probably are sleep deprived so make sure you are getting no less than 7-9 hours of sleep per night. In addition, other thi... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Summers
Sleep Medicine 24 years experience
See a sleep doc: You need to see a board certified sleep doc to get a thorough history taken... And may end up needing a psg +/- mslt depending on your history.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Summers
Sleep Medicine 24 years experience
For what?: Doxylamine (unisom) is an anti-histamine which causes sedation. Ambien (zolpidem) is a sedative-hypnotic. I'd guess the question i'd ask is why do y... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Summers
Sleep Medicine 24 years experience
Shouldn't depend...: Mattress is purely subjective. What's comfortable for you isn't comfortable for someone else. Therefore, can't recommend a one-size-fits-all mattres... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Summers
Sleep Medicine 24 years experience
Without: Knowing your medications impossible to answer.
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Summers
Sleep Medicine 24 years experience
See your doctor: Insomnia has many causes, and only by talking to a trained sleep physician will he/she be able to help your with your insomnia issues, and recommend a... Read More

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions, provide medical advice, write prescriptions, and more.

Ask doctors free
Answer emailed
in 24 hours or less

Testimonials
Recommendations and Thank you notes are endorsements given from patients or other doctors.

2
Recommendations
142
Thank you notes
HealthTap member
Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Summers is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
HealthTap member
Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Summers is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
HealthTap member
Thanks a lot ! I'm taking omeprasol , fluticasone nasal spray and astepro but I'm still coughing . Can you suggest a doctor in San Jose ca ?
HealthTap member
Thanks for your quick reply! Thanks yes i have and went for ecg yesterday and loop recorder today.
HealthTap member
Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Thanks for that,my doc said I might have sleep apnea.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Nebraska College of Medicine, NE
Graduated 1998MD

Awards

Top Doctor, First Place, Omaha Region, NE - Summer
2013
Most Influential, Third Place, Omaha Region, NE - Summer
2013
Thought Leader, Third Place, Omaha Region, NE - Summer
2013
90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions, provide medical advice, write prescriptions, and more.
Answer emailed
in 24 hours or less