Do you snore?
Wake up sleepy?
Feel exhausted during the day?
Sleep deprivation is a common and prevalent problem among adults, however few recognize the importance of adequate rest, or know that effective methods of preventing and managing sleep problems now exist.
More than eighty disorders of sleeping and waking exist. These disorders result in decreased quality of life and personal health. The consequences of sleep deprivation and sleepiness are significant and include decreased productivity, inability to think clearly, and increased likelihood of accidents. One of the most common sleep disorder we treat is sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea can be treated through the use of a CPAP machine.
Indications of a sleep disorder:
Symptoms of asleep disorders include, but at not limited to one or more of the following:
Symptoms are often reported not by the patient, but by his or her bed partner.
- Excessive daytime sleepiness
- Trouble falling or staying asleep
- Loud snoring
- Morning headaches
- Depression, reduced sense of well-being
- Lack of energy and motivation
- Leg cramps or continuous, uncontrollable urge to move legs
- Difficulty learning or concentrating
- High blood pressure
- Awakening with a choking feeling or gasping for air
- Racing heartbeat during the night
- Pauses in breathing during the night
- Restlessness while sleeping
- Nighttime seating
- Frequent awakenings
- Loss of muscle control associated with strong emotion, such as while laughing or angry
If you or someone you know has any of these symptoms regularly, talk to your family doctor or healthcare provider. An overnight sleep study (polysomnogram) may be warranted to make an accurate diagnosis.
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