Get a Good Night's Sleep
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When you have trouble sleeping, you have trouble doing almost everything else. Chronic conditions can get worse, your quality of life suffers, and even simple tasks, like driving, can become unsafe. The Centers for Disease Control even classifies insufficient sleep as a public health epidemic! An estimated 50 million to 70 million U.S. adults experience chronic sleep disorders or intermittent sleep problems.
Sleep is just as important to your health as exercise and a healthy diet. Untreated, sleep disorders have been linked to stroke, high blood pressure, heart disease, and depression—and drowsy driving leads to at least 100,000 motor vehicle accidents each year. How do you know when your lack of ZZZs turns from frustrating to serious?
The Sleep Foundation recommends seeking medical help if:
- You regularly have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep.
- You have been told that you snore, stop breathing, or gasp for breath in your sleep.
- You wake in the morning so tired you can’t function normally, and your sleepiness or fatigue lasts more than two or three weeks.
- Your legs move at night or you feel tingling, creeping, itching, or other strange feelings in your legs when lying down.
Adena Sleep Center specializes in the evaluation and treatment of:
- Sleep-related breathing disorders, such as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), are some of the most common sleep problems. People with OSA stop breathing for a few seconds at a time up to hundreds of times a night because their airways have become narrowed, blocked, or floppy.
- Narcolepsy is a nervous system disorder that causes people to have frequent daytime sleep episodes. The condition tends to run in families and usually appears between ages 15 and 30.
- Restless leg syndrome (RLS) is a disorder that causes sensations of itching, pulling, creeping, tingling, or other urges to move your legs while you sleep.
- Similar to RLS, periodic limb movement disorder involves involuntary limb movements, usually in the lower extremities, that wake you repeatedly during the night.
- Sleep/wake rhythm disturbances, also called circadian rhythm disturbances, are essentially a confusion of day and night. Your body’s natural sleep cycle can be knocked off kilter by shift work, jet lag, vision problems, or melatonin levels.
- People who suffer from REM behavior disorders often act out their dreams. During the REM (rapid eye movement) cycle of sleep, which is associated with dreaming, most people experience temporary paralysis.
- Fatigue and excessive daytime sleepiness are often caused by self-imposed sleep deprivation, according to the Sleep Foundation. But they also can be the result of a more serious sleep disorder—including all the conditions above—so never ignore your symptoms if they interfere with your quality of life.
The Sleep Center at Adena Regional Medical Center in Chillicothe performs both day and night studies with a physician order. After a sleep disorder is detected, treatment options can include:
- Prescription and over-the-counter medications
- Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) that keeps the airway open while sleeping with a steady stream of air. At Adena, we offer a PAP-NAP, a daytime procedure that allows you the opportunity to work one-on-one with a qualified sleep technologist to initiate or improve your tolerance of CPAP therapy.
- Lifestyle changes to improve sleep hygiene including losing weight, cutting down on caffeine and foods that cause heartburn, exercising at least three hours before bedtime. We also can advise you on creating an environment conducive to good sleep including recommendations on noise, lighting, temperature, and use of electronics before bed.
Located in the Adena Health Pavilion, our six-bed sleep center provides a comfortable testing atmosphere that combines state-of-the- art equipment with many of the amenities of home, including full-size Tempur-Pedic beds and private bathrooms. Great care is taken to ensure patients receive the highest quality sleep studies available.
Our staff is fully trained and consists of Registered Respiratory Therapists and Registered Sleep Technologists, all with critical care experience and advanced training in the field of sleep studies. Every study is reviewed and interpreted by a physician specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders. Adena’s Sleep Center is a fully accredited sleep center by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM). The standards of the AASM are well known in the medical community as the “gold standard” for sleep centers.
The Adena Sleep Center is here to help you get a better night's rest. Request an appointment online or call the Adena Sleep Center in Chillicothe at 740-779-7286.*
*Please note: In some cases, your insurance company may require a physician referral for an appointment. For instance, sleep studies always require a physician referral.
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