As we learn more about the far reaching implications that poor sleep quality has on a patient's overall health, physicians are asking more questions about patients' sleep quality. Patients and their loved ones are learning about sleep disorders and paying closer attention to symptoms such as snoring and excessive sleepiness.
Become part of the 5%
The National Sleep Foundation reports that over 60% of adults have trouble sleeping several nights a week. If that statistic sounds staggering to you - consider this: 95% of people living with a sleep disorder remain undiagnosed. Become part of the 5%.
If you have concerns about whether you or a loved one may be living with a sleep disorder, find out the answers now. Correcting someone's sleep problem now can reduce the incidence of more serious, harder-to-fix problems in the future as untreated sleep problems reduce the quality of life and shorten life expectancy.
What are Some Common Sleep Disorders?
More than 100 different disorders of sleeping and waking have been identified, and over 100 million people each year have their quality of life affected by sleep disorders. Sleep disorders can be grouped in four main categories:
Some of the most common sleep problems that we see in our clinics are listed below.
- Problems with falling and staying asleep (insomnia)
- Problems with staying awake (excessive daytime sleepiness)
- Problems with sticking to a regular sleep schedule (sleep rhythm problem)
- Unusual behaviors during sleep (sleep-disruptive behaviors)
- Obstructive Sleep Apnea
- Restless Legs Syndrome
Can Sleep Disorders be Prevented?
As with most medical conditions, general levels of health and wellness can decrease the risk of developing a sleep disorder. Some specific tips related to sleep disorders include:
- Practicing regular sleep habits (such as going to bed and waking at the same time every day)
- A comfortable and quiet sleep environment
- Regular exercise
- Staying generally fit and healthy
If you are at risk for a sleep disorder, the first step in diagnosing a sleep disorder is to perform a sleep study. Some studies require an overnight stay in the hospital, while other patients may be approved to have a sleep study at home. Home studies can provide the added benefit of capturing data over multiple nights of sleep.
In both studies, patients usually wear a breathing mask and are connected to electrical devices that measure several factors including:
- Blood oxygen saturation
- Respiration rates
- Snoring level
- Heath movement
- Head position