Sleep disorders keep millions of Americans awake at night. They're much more common - and can be more serious - than most people think. In fact:
- 35 million Americans have sleep disorders
- 200,000 sleep-related auto accidents occur each year
- 50,000 premature and preventable deaths occur annually as a result of sleep disorders
- 95% of individuals suffering with sleep disorder are undiagnosed
The good news is that most sleep disorders can be effectively treated. However, when left untreated, they can result in serious health risks and dangerous medical problems. Sleep disorders have been linked to conditions including:
- High blood pressure
- Respiratory failure
- Fatal heart attacks
The Center for Sleep at Davis Hospital offers comprehensive services for the diagnosis and treatment of conditions that interfere with sleep.
The most common disorders include obstructive sleep apnea syndrome, narcolepsy, periodic limb movement disorder, restless legs syndrome, behaviorally-conditioned awakenings, sleepwalking, night terrors, bedwetting and insomnia.
HOW WOULD I KNOW IF I HAVE A SLEEP PROBLEM?
Common symptoms of a sleep disorder:
- Loud or irregular breathing during sleep
- Episodes of breath holding or apneas during sleep
- Gasping for air which causes awakening during sleep
- Unrefreshing sleep
- Drowsy driving
- Sleepiness while on the job
- Trouble concentrating
- Irritability and/or apathy
- Memory difficulties
- Uncomfortable leg sensations when trying to sleep
- Leg kicking during sleep
- Yelling or screaming during sleep
- Violent activity during sleep
DIAGNOSING SLEEP DISORDERS
Our dedicated physicians and staff are committed to helping you receive a better night’s sleep. A thorough evaluation is the first step to an accurate diagnosis and effective treatment for your problem.
Sleep testing is available in the sleep lab, but is not always necessary. Our lab provides an overnight study known as a polysomnogram or PSG. The PSG is a painless test that continuously records a broad range of physiological factors, such as brain wave activity, eye movements, muscle activity, heart rate and rhythm, breathing depth and blood oxygen saturation.
For patients requiring a sleep lab study, our program is located in a hotel-like setting with comfortable beds and private bathrooms. Following your overnight study, a light continental breakfast is served in the morning to help you get up and on with your day.
A board certified pulmonary physician will read your test results, then forward them to you personal physician. Your physician will then be able to consult with you and recommend appropriate follow-up care and treatment options.
If you do suffer from a sleep disorder, solutions are available. In some cases, lifestyle changes such as weight loss or alcohol avoidance can help you rest better. For more serious cases, corrective surgery or further treatment by a sleep specialist may be necessary. Many non-medicinal therapies are available including light therapy, hypnotherapy, relaxation exercises, herbal treatments, behavioral modifications and conditioning exercises.
If needed, the lab can also refer you to physicians specializing in pulmonology, neurology, psychiatry or dental/oral surgery.
For more information on how the Center for sleep can help you or a loved one get a great night’s rest, please call 801-807-7565.