March is Sleep Awareness Month

Are you getting the healthful rest that your body needs? The Sleep Center at Allen County Regional Hospital has the resources to help.

Our Sleep Center has received The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® Ambulatory Health Care Accreditation and offers evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment for common sleep disorders. Studies can be done in the center, or in the comfort of your own home.

sleep center - bed used for sleep studyAn In-Home Study uses a simplified monitor that is worn on your head while you are sleeping. A member of our respiratory team will teach you the simple steps needed for a successful in-home study. While you may feel more comfortable at home, you may still need to have additional testing at our facility.

An On-Site Study is performed in our Sleep Center at Allen County Regional Hospital. A registered polysomnographic technologist will monitor and record events using specialized equipment while you sleep. A physician certified in sleep medicine will interpret your results and recommend a customized treatment plan for you.

How Do I Know if I Need a Sleep Study?

How sleepy you feel during the day can interfere with your work, school, driving, and social life, and can be an indication of whether you’re having symptoms of problem sleepiness. You might be sleep deprived if you often feel like you could doze off while:

  • Sitting and reading or watching TV
  • Sitting inactive in a public place such as a theater, meeting or classroom
  • Riding in a car for an hour without a break
  • Sitting and talking with someone
  • Sitting quietly after lunch (without alcohol)
  • Sitting in a car while stopped for a few minutes in traffic

Take the first step to better sleep by completing the Epworth Sleepiness Test to see where you fall on the scale. If you score a ‘10’ or above, you should consider seeking medical treatment.

Make an appointment with your primary doctor. Be sure and take a copy of your Epworth Sleepiness Test with you to discuss your symptoms and determine if a sleep study is right for you. Then call our sleep specialists at (620) 365-1030.

Sleep Disorders

Sleep deficiency is a serious matter and can increase your risk for a number of diseases and health problems

Sleep Deficiency may cause you to have trouble making decisions, solving problems, remembering things, controlling your emotions and behavior, and coping with change. You make take longer to finish a task, have a slower reaction time, and make more mistakes. Sleep deficiency can also lead to:

  • Weight fluctuation
  • Inability to lose weight
  • Morning headaches
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Irritability
  • Memory loss
  • Difficulty falling and staying asleep
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Sexual dysfunction/impotence
  • Frequent urination
  • Depression or substance abuse
Approximately 80 MILLION AMERICANS suffer from a sleep disorder. Are you one of them?

Here are the four most common disorders that could be robbing you of good sleep:

Insomnia is the most common sleep disorder. Insomnia is difficulty going to sleep, waking at night and having trouble falling back asleep, and waking earlier in the morning than planned or desired.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) affects roughly 20 million Americans. The throat relaxes and can collapse into the airway during sleep resulting in snoring, gasping or choking, and it may even cause you to stop breathing. These episodes can happen hundreds of times every night causing severe disruption to quality sleep!

Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) is a persistent, sometimes overwhelming need to move the legs while resting. The feelings have been described as creeping, pulling, aching, itching, burning, and throbbing. Moving the legs helps, but only for a short time.

Narcolepsy causes uncontrolled sleepiness and unexpected periods of sleep during the day.

If you or a loved one exhibits any of these symptoms or behaviors, please talk with your doctor. Then call our sleep specialists at (620) 365-1030 and let us help.