Sleep Disorders Center
Sleep is essential to health and well-being, yet many Americans have trouble getting a good night's rest. If the occasional sleepless night, groggy morning or head-bobbing day becomes an ongoing problem, the culprit may be a sleep disorder.
Lack of restful sleep can make even the simplest tasks more difficult, causing:
- Memory loss
- Inability to concentrate
- Poor job performance
- Relationship issues
Sleep disorders can also be life-threatening because they create a greater risk of obesity, high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke and diabetes.
Did you know?
Fifty to 70 million U.S. adults have some type of sleep or wakefulness disorder; 40 million adults are undiagnosed.
Source: The National Sleep Foundation
Sleep Studies Detect Common Disorders
Most sleep disorders can be managed if properly diagnosed and treated. Lutheran Hospital's experienced sleep center staff - physician, sleep technologists and respiratory therapists - can help determine the cause of a sleep disorder, its effects on daily living and how to treat it.
The most common sleep disorders identified through sleep studies are:
- Chronic insomnia: The inability to fall asleep or remain asleep. This may be caused by depression, stress, restless legs syndrome, sleep apnea, periodic limb movements or the misuse of sleeping aids.
- Sleep apnea: Causes a person to stop breathing frequently throughout the night. Loud snoring and excessive daytime sleepiness are symptoms of sleep apnea.
- Narcolepsy: Causes a person to feel excessively sleepy or to fall asleep suddenly during the day, often at inappropriate times.
- Restless legs syndrome: Creates a "crawling" sensation in the legs when the patient lies down to sleep, but disappears once the legs move.
- Periodic limb movements : Causes the arms and legs to jerk repeatedly during sleep, resulting in a tired feeling in the morning. Most people are not aware of their repeated limb movements.
- Sleepwalking: May cause a person to get out of bed and walk without full consciousness.
For additional information or to schedule a sleep study, call Lutheran Hospital's Sleep Disorders Center at (260) 435-7403.