Do I need a sleep evaluation?
If you answer YES to any of these statements, you should talk with your physician about sending in a referral to our office. You may benefit from a sleep evaluation and treatment plan to help you get the rest you need and deserve.
- I’ve been told I snore loudly.
- I’ve been told I stop breathing while asleep.
- I walk or talk in my sleep.
- My legs are restless at bedtime or during sleep.
- I have trouble falling asleep.
- I wake up frequently during the night.
- I often wake up tired.
- I sometimes wake up with headaches.
- I sometimes fall asleep during the day.
- I have trouble concentrating or remembering things.
Put your sleep problem to bed!
A sleep disorder is a medical diagnosis and nearly all insurance carriers cover the cost of a sleep evaluation. The process begins with a consultation with one of our physicians. Based on your results, your doctor may recommend a sleep study. This is an overnight test that takes place in a sleep lab – a comfortable setting much like a hotel room. It’s completely private.
Trained technicians in the control room will monitor your breathing, heart function, sleep stages, limb movements, and more. This is a non-invasive study that enables our physicians to evaluate your sleep data in order to provide proper diagnosis and treatment.
Because many people think it is “typical to feel tired during the day, they don’t pursue their sleep problems. In fact, Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is one of the most common and treatable sleep disorders, yet it frequently goes undiagnosed. OSA involves snoring and irregular breathing during sleep. An affected person may stop breathing for prolonged periods, or wake up choking, or gasping.
Not only does, OSA affect the quality and quantity of sleep, it can also lead to serious long-term medical problems. Recent research shows that sleep apnea can increase the risk of high blood pressure and poor heart function. If you have symptoms of sleep apnea, or if you are a cardiac patient who snores, you may benefit from a sleep evaluation.
Other common sleep disorders include:
Narcolepsy– severe daytime sleepiness with “sleep attacks.” Some patients experience cataplexy, a sudden muscle weakness in response to emotional stimuli, like laughter or a startle. Vivid dreams at the onset of sleep or with naps are quite common.
Restless leg syndrome– irritable, “creepy crawly” feelings in the feet and legs often around bedtime. Some patients may also kick their legs during sleep disturbing their own sleep and that of the bed partner.
Insomia– difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep.
Excessive daytime sleepiness and fatigue may result from these and other less common disorders. A full evaluation may be the first step in solving your problem.