A Common Problem with Big Consequences
Problems such as snoring, insomnia, and daytime sleepiness may mean that you, like 20 million other Americans, have a sleep disorder. Until recently, sleep problems were either considered psychological in origin or were ignored. The medical community has begun to put a great deal of emphasis on sleep quality due to the direct link between sleep disorders and health problems such as heart disease, adult-onset diabetes, stroke, ADD in children, and depression.
If sleep problems are causing you to have health problems, making you irritable or depressed, or have affected your concentration, see your doctor to determine if sleep testing can provide answers and solutions.
The Sleep Center is accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. Established in 1975 as the Association of Sleep Disorders Centers, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) is the only professional society dedicated exclusively to the medical subspecialty of sleep medicine.
As the leading voice in the sleep field, the AASM sets standards and promotes excellence in sleep medicine health care, education and research. The AASM has a combined membership of 11,000 accredited member sleep centers and individual members, including physicians, scientists and other health care professionals. (American Academy of Sleep Medicine, 2016).
Sleep Studies Fact Sheet and Resources (AASM, 2016)
How Sleep Studies Work
Sleep studies at our lab monitor all activities that occur during the night in a relaxing, homelike environment. A sleep technologist attaches small metal discs called electrodes to the head and skin with an adhesive, plus other simple probes to measure breathing, heart rate, and the blood’s oxygen level. The technical equipment and technologist are in a nearby room monitoring all activities.
If therapy is prescribed, Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) is a highly effective treatment for sleep apnea. Using a mask worn over the nose during sleep, the patient receives gentle pressure from an air compressor that forces air through nasal passages and into the airway. This holds the airway open and allows the person to sleep and breathe normally. Another option is surgery, which may correct physical abnormalities that compromise breathing during sleep, or an oral dental appliance may be fitted for mild to moderate sleep apnea.
Frequently Asked Questions
How would I know if I have a sleep problem?
Significant sleep disorders presently affect approximately 25 percent of the general population. Adults should feel refreshed and ready to face the day after 7.5 to 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep. If you often feel unable to perform throughout the day, this is an indicator of a possible nighttime problem.
How are sleep disorders diagnosed?
If you feel you might have sleep issues, start by talking with your physician. Providers in the area are familiar with sleep disorders and can order a study for you if necessary. The most common sleep disorders are diagnosed by having a sleep study done in a controlled environment, which is a bedroom-like setting at the hospital. Patients are monitored throughout their normal sleep period, whether that is at night or even during the day for individuals who perhaps routinely work a night shift.
Will my insurance cover a sleep study?
Most insurance companies cover sleep studies and consider them a valuable diagnostic tool to aid in managing overall health. The majority of insurance companies do not require prior authorization to verify your coverage if you need to have a sleep study at our center.
How can I schedule a sleep study?
Your primary care provider can order a study for you. Talk to your doctor or call the New Patient Care Coordinator at (970)516-1616 http://swhealth.org/newpatients/or call the Sleep Center directly at (970) 564-2678 for more information.
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Sleep deprivation in children can cause symptoms of hyperactivity and aggressive behavior.
Most adults dream every 90 minutes throughout their sleep time.
Staying awake for seventeen consecutive hours results in a decrease in performance that resembles the effects of a blood alcohol level of 0.05%.
The Exxon Valdez oil spill off the coast of Alaska, the Chernobyl nuclear accident, and the Challenger space shuttle disaster have all been attributed to human errors that involved sleep-deprivation.
Lack of proper rest can significantly affect your mood, performance, and overall health. The sleep center at Southwest Health System can help assess your problem and find appropriate treatment options. Learn more about our dedication to quality.