Put the GOOD back in your morning!
Most people need seven or eight hours of sleep each night to feel refreshed for the next day. 43 million Americans suffer from sleep disorders constantly leaving them feeling tired. If you are getting less sleep than your body needs, you may be at risk. Several large studies have linked sleep deficits with poor work performance, driving accidents, relationship problems, and mood problems like anger and depression. There is hope. Sleep disorders can be treated.
At Granite Falls Hospital, our sleep professionals focus on helping patients identify and overcome sleep disorders. There are many potential causes of disrupted sleep, such as:
- Sleep apnea, the most common cause of interrupted sleep, in which the sleeper regularly stops breathing for 10 seconds or longer. Sleep Apnea accounts for 80 percent of all sleep disorders – a person with OSA may stop breathing 20 to 60 or more times per hour. During to these periods of non-breathing, people may experience: snoring, gasping or choking sensations, excessive daytime sleepiness, impotence, mood swings, weight gain, frequent night time urination, excessive sweating during sleep, high blood pressure and early morning headaches.
- Problems staying awake, such as narcolepsy
- Problems with nighttime behaviors, such as snoring, sleepwalking, night terrors or bedwetting.
- Problems sleeping at night, or insomnia, which can be caused by stress, depression, hunger, physical discomfort or other problems
- Conditions such as restless legs syndrome or periodic limb movement disorder, which make it difficult to settle into sleep.
When breathing stops during the night, blood oxygen levels drop. The sleeper is awakened just enough to inhale and resume breathing, often without being aware of the sleep disruption. This repeated stress on the heart, brain and other organs cause a myriad of serious health consequences. Persons with undiagnosed or untreated OSA are:
- 2 -4 times more likely to develop complex arrhythmias
- 2-3 times more likely to develop hypertension (high blood pressure)
- 2 times more likely to suffer stroke
- Consume 2 times the healthcare dollars
- Have 50% more physician visits
1 in 4 patients are at risk for sleep disorders, with 90 percent of those still unidentified. Speak with your health care provider about your sleep concerns. He or she may recommend that you have a sleep study to identify the cause of your sleep problem.
How a sleep study works
- For a week, you’ll record your waking and sleeping habits, as well as use of caffeine and alcohol.
- There’s also a survey for people who live or sleep with you.
- Report to the Sleep Study Clinic at your appointment time. Bring completed questionnaires, comfortable pajamas, a favorite pillow and toiletries you’ll want in the morning.
- Sleep study specialists perform a polysomnogram, an electronic “reading” of the body’s responses during sleep. Sensors will be attached to your head, chest and legs to monitor your heart, breathing, oxygen levels, pulse and more.
- You’ll sleep while we observe.
- Most sleep studies are complete by 6:30 a.m.
- We’ll share results, observations and recommendations as soon as all data is collected.
Through clinical study, Granite Falls Municipal Hospital and Manor providers uncover specific sleep barriers, provide follow-up care to manage sleep disorders and help patients regain control of their lives.
A widely accepted treatment for Obstructive Sleep Apnea is positive airway pressure therapy, which includes using a bedside device to deliver pressurized air through a small mask or nasal pillow system. The device is called a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure system – CPAP for short. CPAP therapy can dramatically improve your quality of sleep, but it doesn’t always happen overnight. That is why Granite Falls Hospital sleep services will be there each step of the way, guiding you through a phased approach to better sleep
Your first step to a good night’s rest is to find out more information or to schedule an appointment, call 320-564-6242. Sleep services provided in partnership with the nationally recognized, PDS Inc.