Would I Benefit from a Sleep Study?
If you ask people the Top 3 things they consider important, most would say that money is important to them. Most would say that living in a nice home is important. Some would even say that driving a nice automobile is important to them.
Most people don’t realize the importance of a good night’s sleep. Adults need seven to eight hours of quality sleep each night. When that is cut short, people miss out on crucial sleep stages that help the brain and body function optimally.
You might notice that nothing was said about having great health. While it has been overlooked for years, proper sleep will lead to better health. There is a popular slogan that says, “Milk does the body good.” While that might be true – good, restful and undisturbed sleep will leave a positive impact on your body and overall health.
Most people don’t realize the importance of a good night’s sleep. Adults need seven to eight hours of quality sleep each night. When that is cut short, people miss out on crucial sleep stages that help the brain and body function optimally. Chronic lack of sleep can lead to long-term physical and mental health issues. If you’re one of the millions of Americans with sleep problems, you may benefit from a sleep study.
Sleep studies help doctors diagnose sleep disorders such as sleep apnea, periodic limb movement disorder, narcolepsy, insomnia, nighttime behaviors like sleepwalking and REM sleep behavior disorder.
Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts. Untreated, sleep apnea can cause high blood pressure and other cardiovascular disease, memory problems, weight gain, impotence, headaches and many other medical conditions. Moreover, untreated sleep apnea may be responsible for job impairment and motor vehicle crashes. Fortunately, sleep apnea can be diagnosed during a sleep study and proper treatment can be initiated.
One of the most successful treatments for moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea is CPAP, or continuous positive air pressure. During a sleep study, one of the most obvious effects of CPAP therapy is reduced snoring, elimination of frequent awakenings, reduction of trips to the restroom, and the ability to fall into a deep restful sleep. During a sleep study, it’s amazing to witness how CPAP therapy restores a person back to normal breathing patterns. CPAP therapy also helps the heart function better, lowers blood pressure and improves oxygenation levels within the body.
Symptoms of sleep apnea include:
- Excessive daytime sleepiness
- Observed loud snoring
- Observed episodes of pauses in breathing
- Abrupt awakenings accompanied by gasping or choking
- Awakening with a dry mouth or sore throat
- Morning headache
- Difficulty concentrating during the day
- Falling asleep while driving
If you are experiencing these symptoms, it’s time to talk to your doctor. After a sleep evaluation, your provider will schedule you for a sleep study if necessary.