Sleep disorders can stem from a variety of stressors and physical and mental conditions. Acute sleep problems generally last less than three weeks and go away on their own. However, chronic sleep problems last longer and typically require treatment.
The Sleep Center at Jones Memorial Hospital wants you to know that sleep disorders are not something you have to live with! There are resources to help you sleep better. If you are a provider and would like to refer a patient to The Sleep Center at Jones Memorial Hospital, please call 1-866-251-7451.
If you answered yes to any one of these questions, you may have a sleep deficiency. Studies show that more than 60 percent of American adults experience sleep problems. Few have been diagnosed and most people don’t recognize the importance of adequate rest to good health.
Early detection of a sleep disorder could reduce your risk of asthma, pregnancy complications, heart attack, high blood pressure, memory loss and many other medical problems.
More than just drowsiness, sleep deprivation can lead to irritability, anger and depression, difficulty concentrating, short-term memory loss, impaired ability to drive and suppression of the immune system, meaning more colds and flu. Other symptoms include repeated snoring interrupted by periods of silence, gasping or chocking during sleep, restless sleep, falling asleep at in appropriate times, loss of energy and fatigue.
Diagnosing Sleep Disorders
Recent studies indicate that nearly 70 million Americans suffer from one of the four most common sleep disorders:
A Diagnostic Sleep Study may be the first step in identifying your sleep issues. At the Sleep Center at Jones Memorial Hospital, all studies are performed by a Sleep Technologist. The Sleep Center was designed to recreate a home-like atmosphere as much as possible. Although the patient will have approximately 20 wires and probes attached to his or her body, the patient will be able to sleep in any position and move throughout the night.
A Word About Sleep Apnea
Far more common than generally considered, sleep apnea is a serious condition that robs its victims of restful sleep and may cause considerable health problems. As the soft tissues and muscles in and around the throat relax, the airway becomes narrower, which causes snoring and breathing difficulties. If these muscles relax too much, the airway can become completely blocked, preventing breathing. After a short period of time—ten seconds to two minutes—the brain realizes there is a lack of oxygen and alerts the body to wake up. This process can occur hundreds of times during the night, and the person is not even aware of it. In the past, sleep apnea was treated surgically with a tracheostomy.
While weight loss, quitting smoking and avoiding alcohol are all recommended, these are the most common treatments:
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