Do you sleep like a log but feel unrefreshed in the morning or tired during the day? Do you toss and turn all night? If so, you may be one of the almost 50 million Americans who suffer from a sleep disorder. Most are unaware of their problem and may only be alerted to it by a bed partner.
Symptoms typically include:
- Gaps or irregularities in breathing during sleep
- Unrefreshed sleep
- Daytime sleepiness and napping
- Restless sleep
- Difficulty getting to sleep or staying asleep
- Painful or crawling sensations in legs while sitting quietly or lying in bed
- Jerking of limbs, particularly legs, during sleep
- Vivid, frightening, or violent dreams
Treatment and Evaluation
If you experience some of these symptoms, it's time to wake up to the problem. Diagnosis and treatment of your sleep disorder is as close as your doctor.
How are sleep disorders diagnosed and treated?
Diagnosis begins when a patient, bed partner or doctor recognized the signs of sleep disorder. For some disorders such as insomnia or restless leg syndrome, history, sometimes supplemented by other testing or the maintenance of sleep diaries, reveals the problem. For other disorders such as sleep apnea or narcolepsy, the disorder must be confirmed by a sleep study or polysomnogram. For narcolepsy and occasionally other conditions, this study is followed the next day by a similar test performed during brief naps (multiple sleep latency test). Sleep apnea may be treated by one or a combination of these therapies: surgery, dental appliance, weight loss and/or a breathing device called nasal CPAP. Narcolepsy and restless leg syndrome are treated with medications. Insomnia is treated primarily by behavioral approaches including a relearning of sleep habits.
How do I get an evaluation?
Should you think that you may need to be tested further, please discuss your problem with your doctor. He/she can refer you for a consultation or a sleep study. Upon physician's order, sleep specialists at the Sleep Center of Memorial Hospital will perform your evaluation to see if you have a sleep disorder. Our sleep specialists at Memorial Hospital are recognized experts in evaluating and treating sleep disorders.
Each monitoring room is private and equipped with cable television for comfort and convenience. Once the patient has settled in, the technologist connects the patient to the monitoring equipment via stick-on electrode patches without the use of any needles. The hookup procedure takes approximately one hour. The study is conducted throughout the evening while the patient sleeps. In most cases, the patient is able to leave for his/her normal routine early the next morning
For more information, please contact the Sleep Center at 276.666.7348.
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