Daytime sleepiness? Snore loudly? Problems staying asleep?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may suffer from a sleep disorder. And, as many of you know, without restful sleep, your body can't refresh itself. Your job performance, relationships, driving, and social activities can be affected.
A Good Night's Rest
Most people need at least six to nine hours of sleep each night. Unfortunately, many people don't get the sleep they need. The National Sleep Foundation reports that 40 percent of Americans report feeling so sleepy during the day that it interferes with their activities.
Lack of sleep doesn't just make you irritable—it impairs your ability to think, make decisions and be creative. Prolonged lack of sleep can lead to significant physical problems, such as heart disease and hypertension. Sleepy drivers also cause more than 100,000 accidents per year.
If you have problems getting the rest you need, try these tips for improving sleep:
- stop all caffeine by early afternoon
- don't smoke, as nicotine in tobacco may keep you awake
- keep bedroom cool and dark
- do not eat or drink heavily for 3 hours before bedtime
- Keep regular bedtime and awakening hours
- exercise regularly, but no later than 4 hours before bed
- learn to wind down prior to sleep
- limit naps to less than 30 minutes
If you still have problems with sleep, see your doctor. A sleep disorder could be the cause.
Common Sleep Disorders
Our sleep lab helps your physician diagnosis several types of sleep disorders including:
Some other sleep problems include sleepwalking, problems adjusting to shift work, body clock disorder and age-related changes in sleeping patterns.
If you are experiencing any of these problems, make an appointment to discuss it with your primary care physician. Sleep disorders are treatable. Sleep disorder evaluation appointments are usually made through physician referrals and should include all pertinent history, diagnoses, results of laboratory studies and consultative work.
Relief from Sleep Disorders
A sleep study is performed during your normal sleep hours. A quiet, comfortable room free of distractions is provided. Before you go to sleep, electrodes are attached to your face, scalp, chest and legs to monitor brain, nerve and muscle activity. Breathing patterns and eye movements are also monitored.
All of the information from the study is evaluated by a physician trained in sleep disorders. The physician will be able to diagnose a disorder and recommend treatment.
The diagnosis and treatment costs of most sleep disorders are covered by medical insurance. Call your health insurance company if you have questions regarding coverage.
The Haven Diagnostic Sleep Lab at Lock haven Hospital is used for the diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders. Treatment is available for sleep disorders. If you think you may suffer from a sleep disorder, please contact the Haven Diagnostic Sleep lab at 814-574-6782.
Haven Diagnostic Sleep Lab
24 Cree Drive
Lock Haven, PA 17745