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Sleep disorders

Did you know a sleep disorder can put you at greater risk than just losing a good night's sleep? Sleep disorders dramatically increase the risk of heart attack, stroke, diabetes and high blood pressure. Sleep disorder symptoms include snoring, fatigue, daytime sleepiness, forgetfulness and lack of concentration. CRMC takes sleep disorders to heart to keep your heart healthy.

During a sleep study, specialized equipment is used to monitor oxygen saturation, EEG activity, EMG activity, respiratory effort, nasal/oral airflow and snoring. Types of tests include polysomnography, split night studies, CPAP titration studies, multiple sleep latency test (MSLT) and maintenance of wakefulness test (MWT).

All sleep studies are conducted in peaceful, hotel-like sleep suites to provide the best possible environment for rest. In addition to adult sleep studies, the Sleep Disorders Center also provides sleep studies for pediatric patients. The pediatric testing room is warm and inviting for our small guests. Our staff make every effort to make all patients, adults and kids, as comfortable as possible.

Facts about sleep

  • An estimated 70 million Americans suffer from a chronic sleep disorder.
  • One in five adults fails to get enough sleep.
  • About 80 to 90 percent of adults with obstructive sleep apnea remain undiagnosed.
  • There are at least 84 disorders of sleep and wakefulness that can lead to lowered quality of life and reduced personal health.
  • One in three people has insomnia at some point in his or her life.
  • Narcolepsy affects as many as 200,000 Americans, with fewer than 50,000 diagnosed.
  • Restless legs syndrome may affect as much as 10 percent of Americans.

Symptoms associated with obstructive sleep apnea:

  • Loud snoring.
  • Breathing pauses during sleep with loud snorts/gasps as breathing resumes.
  • Daytime sleepiness, especially in situations such as reading, watching television, highway driving or after meals.
  • Headache, dry mouth or sore throat upon awakening.
  • Shortness of breath during the night.
  • Difficulty concentrating during the day or irritability.
  • Increased tiredness and fatigue.

Sleep questionnaire

  1. Have you been told you snore?
  2. Has anyone said you stop breathing when you sleep?
  3. Do you ever wake from your sleep short of breath or have a choking feeling?
  4. Do you have vivid memories of dreams?
  5. Are you overweight?
  6. Do you wake up in the morning with a headache?
  7. Do you have trouble staying awake while watching TV, reading a book, or while driving or riding in a car?
  8. Do you have elevated blood pressure?
  9. Do you wake from sleep with a racing heart?
  10. Have you ever been told that you kick a lot when sleeping?
  11. Have you been told that you sleepwalk or have nightmares that you do not wake from?
  12. Do you have a history of heartburn or reflux?

If you responded yes to four or more questions, then you may be at risk for a sleep disorder. You may benefit greatly from a consultation with your physician.