Sleep Lab at Insight
Sleep Disorders Center
Almost every one suffers through an occasional bad night of sleep. Going to bed early and catching up on lost sleep usually does the trick. But for millions of Americans, sleep problems are chronic and debilitating. If you have a hard time getting or staying asleep, wake up feeling tired or feel sleepy during the day, no matter how much sleep you got the night before, you may have a sleep disorder.
It’s estimated that 40 million people suffer from chronic, long-term sleep disorders each year, while another 20 million experience short-term sleeping problems. Sleep disorders can result in fatigue, irritability, depression, lack of concentration and lost productivity. They can have a serious affect on a person’s relationships and social activities. Sleep disorders can also worsen some health problems and create new ones.
Fortunately, help is available. The INSIGHT Sleep Disorder Center is a comprehensive, specialty facility dedicated to the evaluation and treatment of sleep disorders. INSIGHT’s Sleep Disorder Center offers patients the latest technology, equipment and treatment-options. Working with the expert staff of the INSIGHT Sleep Disorder Center, a restful night can be more than just a dream.
The INSIGHT Sleep Disorder Center is a member of the Sleep Network, a national group of sleep disorder centers. For more information on INSIGHT’s Sleep Disorder Center, please call 312.667.4612.
About Sleep Disorders
Sleep disorders are any conditions that interrupt the normal sleep-wake pattern. Sleep disorders may be a result of chronic respiratory problems or lung disease, changes in your sleep schedule due to shift work or traveling, and nightmares or night terrors.
Some of the more specific and common sleep disorders are:
- Sleep Apnea and Snoring Snoring is common, but loud snoring may be a sleep disorder called sleep apnea. People who have sleep apnea may stop breathing several times throughout the night.
- Narcolepsy Narcolepsy is characterized by excessive, uncontrollable daytime sleep episodes that interfere with work or school.
- Insomnia Insomnia is a chronic problem with falling or staying asleep.
- Periodic Limb Movement Disorder Periodic Limb Movement Disorder is when people are unable to fall or stay asleep because of involuntary kicking, jerking or flexing of their muscles.
Anyone can call for an appointment at the Sleep Disorder Center. Patients are encouraged, however, to check with their insurance carrier to see if a physician referral is required.
After you schedule an appointment at the Sleep Disorder Center, we will send you an evaluation that will provide the Center with your sleeping history and your medical history. The Center will also ask that you keep a sleeping diary for a few days.
At your appointment, you will meet with a physician who specializes in sleep medicine. The doctor will conduct a thorough physical exam. If it’s determined that an overnight sleep study is required, the INSIGHT Sleep Disorder Center offers a comfortable, home-like patient room. And if a sleep disorder is diagnosed, the team of specialists will create a personalized plan to help you overcome your sleep disorder.
Sleep Apnea is a breathing disorder that affects the way you breathe while sleeping. This disorder causes your breathing to pause in 15 – 20 second intervals or longer and can occur hundreds of times each night. When your breathing pauses, it will then snap you out of a deep sleep-disrupting your normal sleep pattern. Because of this, you will not be getting the restorative deep sleep your body requires. This in turn could affect your health, as well as your productiveness and energy levels throughout the day.
The Common Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
- Loud snoring
- Gasping for air during sleep
- 15-20 second pauses in your breathing while you sleep
- Extreme tiredness no matter how much perceived sleep you get
- If you continually wake up with a dry mouth or sore throat
- Morning headaches
- Irritability or feeling moody
- If you have a hard time concentrating or if you are often forgetful
- Restless sleep patterns
- Frequent nighttime bathroom visits
If you have been experiencing any of these symptoms, you need to call your doctor immediately to schedule an appointment, because sleep apnea can become a serious disorder if left untreated. Sleep apnea can happen to anyone regardless of their age. However, there are several types of sleep apnea you need to become familiar with – obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea. Below we will talk about the risk factors of each. The Risk Factors of Obstructive and Central Sleep Apnea.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea
- Males over the age of 65
- Black, Hispanic or Pacific Islander
- Thick neck
- Deviated septum
- Receding chin
- Enlarged nostrils
- Enlarged adenoids
- Nasal congestion
- Nasal blockage
Central Sleep Apnea
- People over the age of 65
- Serious illnesses – heart disease, neurological diseases, spinal injuries, etc.
Once you have a confirmed case, there are several things you can do at home, as well as, certain medical treatments you could obtain to help alleviate your symptoms.
How To Treat Sleep Apnea
Talk to your doctor about what he or she recommends for your specific case of sleep apnea. There are many different ways to treat your condition and your doctor will be your best resource in helping you get the relief you need. Sleep apnea can turn into a serious medical condition if left untreated. Patients with sleep apnea have an increased incidence of stroke and poorly controlled blood pressure. Therefore, if you have been experiencing any symptoms of sleep apnea, you should seek treatment immediately.
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