Sleep is essential to physical and emotional health. Adequate sleep helps bodies recover from illness and injury and carries mental benefits as well. More than 100 million Americans do not regularly get a good night’s sleep and about 40 million suffer from sleep-related disorders. However, only about five percent get diagnosed and treated.
At Mercy Hospital, we understand the seriousness of a sleep disorder and how it can affect your life. Our Sleep Laboratory provides comprehensive diagnostic evaluations to patients with symptoms such as Sleep Apnea, Narcolepsy, Nocturnal Myoclonus, Restless Legs Syndrome and Insomnia.
The specialists here at Mercy Hospital Sleep Laboratory are trained in the diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders and can help you get a better night's sleep, which is vital to your well-being. Since most people spend approximately one-third of their lives sleeping, it is easy to see the correlation between the quality of your sleep and the quality of your life. Our center offers private rooms with bathrooms and cable TV.
What Are the Most Common Sleep Disorders?
- Insomnia: a persistent inability to fall asleep or stay asleep.
- Snoring: a partial obstruction of the upper airway shown to increase the risk of having heart attacks and/or strokes. Loud, heavy snoring can also be a symptom of a more serious disorder known as sleep apnea.
- Sleep Apnea: a life-threatening disorder that causes you to stop breathing periodically while sleeping.
- Narcolepsy: a neurological illness characterized by sudden, uncontrollable sleep attacks and persistent daytime sleepiness.
- Nocturnal Myoclonus: a disorder characterized by excessive movement of the legs during sleep, which causes arousal, also known as Periodic Leg Movements.
- Gastroesophageal Reflux: a disorder caused when acid from the stomach "backs up" into the esophagus during the night, causing small awakenings.
- Parasomnias: abnormal and recurrent nighttime behavior such assleepwalking, night terrors and head banging, etc.
When Should I Consult a Physician About My Sleep Disorder?
Ask yourself, as well as your sleep partner, the following questions in order to determine whether you may need to consult your doctor for a referral to the Sleep Laboratory at Mercy Hospital.
- Do you feel excessively sleepy during the day?
- Do you have difficulty falling asleep?
- Do you awaken frequently during the night?
- Do others say that you snore loudly?
- Do others say that you stop breathing during your sleep?
- Do you suddenly awaken gasping for breath?
- Do you get morning headaches?
- Do you feel your body going limp when you are angry or surprised?
- Do you experience vivid dreamlike scenes upon falling asleep or awakening?
- Do you experience leg pain during the night?
- Do others say that you kick and thrash while asleep?
- Do you wake up with heartburn, coughing or wheezing?
For more information on our Sleep Laboratory or for a physician referral, please call (305) 285-2929.