One out of every three Americans has a sleep disorder which makes sleeping or waking hours miserable. Many suffer needlessly because they are unaware that a problem exists. St. Mary’s Hospital Sleep Disorders Center conducts sleep studies to diagnose a variety of sleep disorders.
Common Symptoms of Sleep Disorders
• Difficulty in falling asleep or staying asleep • Falling asleep when inactive, during mundane activities • Heavy snoring combined with gasping or grunting noises during sleep • Waking up tired, even after a full night’s sleep • Waking up with a headache • Feeling very sleepy, perpetually tired, or falling asleep at inappropriate times (for instance, while reading or watching TV) • Irritability and a short temper • Problems with concentration or memory • Vivid dreaming at sleep onset • Use of medication or alcohol to fall asleep • Awakening several times a night from your sleep • Awakening two or more times to go to the bathroom Consequences of an untreated sleep disorder can include: heart disease, high blood pressure, heart failure, diabetes and weight gain. If you suffer from any symptoms of a sleep disorder, talk to your doctor about your sleep habits and request a sleep study. Diagnosing the Problem There are several different types of sleep disorders. Common sleep disorders include the following: • Snoring • Sleep apnea • Insomnia • Excessive daytime sleepiness • Narcolepsy • Periodic limb movements • Restless leg syndrome • Night terrors • Sleep walking St. Mary’s Hospital Sleep Disorders Center offers a relaxing, home-like setting in a private room. During your sleep study, you will be monitored overnight by our experienced technicians using state-of the-art technology. Patients of the Sleep Disorders Center are assigned to a private room with a queen-sized bed. Monitors are placed on the patient to observe the sleep cycle, oxygen levels, interruptions and other measures. In the morning, patients leave the center and resume their daytime routines, while the results of the study are reviewed by physicians with special training in sleep medicine. Afterward, they will discuss their recommendations with the primary care physician, who will follow up with any necessary treatment. Patients are encouraged to bring those items typically used at home during sleep and whatever is needed the following day. A private bath and shower are available.
For patients who are eligible to have a sleep study in their home, we offer quality sleep studies to diagnose Sleep Apnea. Patients are instructed on use of the equipment and hook up by our registered technologists, along with a customer service number available 24 hours a day. Please note: not all patients will qualify for a home sleep study, and a consultation with a Board Certified Sleep Physician is required.
The Next Step
A good night’s sleep is just a phone call away. To schedule a sleep study or a sleep consultation, please call 815.673.7620. Click here for a list of sleeping tips.
For more information about sleep studies, visit www.americassleepnetwork.com.
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