CMH encourages ‘Better Sleep’ in May
In today’s fast-paced and hectic environment, many Americans forget the importance of a full and healthy night’s sleep. During the month of May, Citizens Memorial Hospital (CMH) and the Missouri Sleep Institute at CMH are celebrating “Better Sleep Month” by emphasizing the importance of being adequately rested, how to identify various sleep disorders, and by explaining the dangers of being drowsy.
According to the National Institutes of Health, 50-70 million Americans are affected by chronic sleep disorders and intermittent sleep problems that can significantly diminish health, alertness and safety. Untreated sleep disorders have been linked to hypertension, heart disease, stroke, depression, and other chronic diseases. Sleep problems can take many forms and can involve too little sleep, too much sleep or inadequate quality of sleep. In addition to the negative effect an untreated sleep disorder can have on your body, it can also be dangerous to others as well. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, drowsy driving claims more than 1,500 lives and causes at least 100,000 motor vehicle crashes each year.
There are many different types of sleep disorders. The most common disorders include: insomnia; sleep apnea; restless leg syndrome; narcolepsy; and sleep walking or night terrors. If you think you may be suffering from a sleep disorder, ask yourself the following questions:
- Do you wake up in the morning more tired than when you went to bed?
- Do you have trouble concentrating?
- Do you snore or gasp for air during sleep?
- Do you wake up frequently during the night?
- Do you experience difficulty staying awake during daytime after a night’s sleep?
- Do you wake up in the morning with a headache?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, it’s possible you may have a sleeping disorder. The Missouri Sleep Institute at CMH offers non-invasive, pain free testing for all sleep disorders. This is done in a four-bed laboratory with trained technicians and a board certified sleep medicine physician. For more information, call the CMH Information Center at 888-328-6010 or 417-328-6010 or visit www.citizensmemorial.com.
January 01, 2013