Sleep Disorders Center – Identifying and Treating Sleep Disorders
Everyone has a restless night now and then, but sleep disorders may deprive people of needed sleep night after night after night—to the point that they suffer serious health problems. Sleep apnea and restless leg syndrome are two common disorders that rob people of restful sleep and put them at increased risk for accidents and chronic medical conditions.
An overnight stay at our Sleep Disorders Center can help diagnose these and other sleep problems and pinpoint effective treatment so you can get the rest you need.
What you need to know about sleep disorders and our Sleep Disorders Center:
- Sleep apnea occurs when soft tissue at the back of the throat relaxes during sleep and closes the airway, causing sufferers to stop breathing.
- Sleep apnea is linked to chronic health problems such as high blood pressure and heart disease. In rare cases, it may be fatal.
- Restless leg syndrome (RLS) is a neurological disorder in which burning, creeping, or tugging sensations in your legs at rest cause you to move to try to relieve those feelings. Most people with RLS have difficulty falling or staying asleep.
- Our specially trained sleep technologists, called polysomnographers, monitor patients’ breathing, heart and brain functions, and body movements to identify possible sleep disorders.
- Most health insurance plans cover sleep studies and treatment
- Both apnea and RLS can be treated. You’ll be amazed at how much better you feel with a return to restful sleep night after night!
You may suffer from obstructive sleep apnea if you:
- Feel sleepy during the day, even after you think you’ve had a good night’s rest.
- Have trouble staying focused and alert at home and at work.
- Struggle to stay awake while driving.
- Wake suddenly in the night gasping for air.
- Wake up with heartburn.
- Are told by a loved one that you snore loudly and seem to stop breathing in your sleep.
- Are overweight.
For more information on the sleep studies conducted at Edgerton Hospital, call Susan Kindschi, RN, BA at 608 884-1397.