Sleep apnea and chronic lack of sleep are associated with many health problems. The Missouri Sleep Institute at CMH offers testing for all sleep disorders.
These days it seems that our to-do-lists are never ending and the time we have to complete them simply is not enough. To be productive we work around the clock cutting out sleep if need be. While being productive is important, it’s not as important as getting the proper amount of sleep each night.
“Chronic lack of sleep is associated with many health problems, including obesity, diabetes, depression, cardiovascular disease, substance abuse and physical inactivity” says Allen Morris, RT and Director of Respiratory Care at Citizens Memorial Hospital (CMH). “Your body performs restorative processes during deep sleep. Your blood pressure drops and your body releases hormones that regulate appetite.” Unfortunately, 30 percent of adults are getting less than six hours of sleep every night when they need seven to nine, according to the National Sleep Foundation.
To help with sleep problems one can make minor changes. It is important to create a consistent sleep and wake schedule; yes it is okay to have a bed time as an adult! Also avoid caffeine, nicotine and alcohol before going to bed. To help assist in falling asleep make sure your room is dark, quiet and cool.
However, if these tricks are not working for you, you may have a common disorder known as sleep apnea. “Sleep apnea is a disorder in which you have one or more pauses in breathing or shallow breaths while you sleep,” Morris says. “Breathing pauses may last a few seconds to a few minutes, with breathing being typically restored by a loud snort or choking sound. Sleep apnea disrupts your sleep by moving one out of a deep sleep into a light sleep. As a result, the quality of your sleep is poor, causing drowsiness during the day,” he adds.
Sleep apnea often is undiagnosed, doctors can’t detect the condition during routine office visits and no blood test can diagnose it. Most people don’t realize they have the condition because it only occurs while they are sleeping. A spouse or family member may be the first to notice irregular sleeping patterns.
For many people, it is a chronic, nightly problem that can affect daytime behavior. Activities at work and school and relationships can be affected. A sleep disorder can make existing medical conditions worse, or lead to new medical problems.
The Missouri Sleep Institute at CMH offers testing for all sleep disorders, in a state of the art laboratory with specially trained technicians. Patients will typically spend the night in the facility while sensors record body functions.
The Missouri Sleep Institute at CMH is located at 1500 N. Oakland, Bolivar. For more information call 417-328-6010 or 888-328-6010.
July 29, 2013