Sleep disorders, such as sleep apnea, periodic limb movements, narcolepsy and insomnia, prevent millions of people from having a sound sleep night after night. However, they can also pose many dangerous health threats that most people may not know about. Sleep disorders have been linked to health issues such as:
- High blood pressure
- Respiratory Failure
- Fatal Heart Attacks
- Reflux disease
- Atrial Fibrillation
In addition, sleep disorders can lead to other dangers. Research shows that sleep disorders lead to 50,000 premature and preventable deaths every year and that 200,000 auto accidents per year are sleep related.
And while many sleep disorders can be diagnosed and effectively treated, 95% of all individuals with sleep disorders are undiagnosed.
Common Sleep Disorders and Symptoms
- Sleep Apnea
Symptoms include loud or irregular snoring, excessive daytime sleepiness, repeated nightly awakenings, nightly periodic absent breathing, non-refreshing sleep, and morning headaches.
- Periodic Limb Movements
Symptoms include excessive daytime sleepiness, non-refreshing sleep, nightly leg jerks, and restless sleep.
Symptoms include excessive sleepiness, vivid dreaming when barely asleep, sudden muscular weakness, sleep when excited or angry, disrupted sleep and sleep paralysis.
Symptoms include difficulty initiating sleep or staying asleep, repeated nightly awakenings, daytime fatigue and restlessness.
Facts About Sleep Disorders
- 35 million Americans have sleep disorders.
- 50,000 premature and preventable deaths
occur each year as a result of sleep disorders.
- 200,000 sleep-related auto accidents occur
- 95% of individuals suffering with sleep
disorders are undiagnosed.
The Sleep Study
A sleep study is a recording of several body functions throughout an entire night. Sensors and electrodes are placed on various parts of the body to monitor brain waves, heart rate and rhythm, respiratory rate, oxygen levels, body position and muscle tone. The recordings of these signals are reviewed and we can determine sleep stages, awakenings, oxygen desaturations, limb movements, and respiratory rhythms and diagnose several sleep disorders.
A thorough evaluation is the first step to an accurate diagnosis and effective treatment for your problem. Sleep testing is available in the sleep lab, but is not always necessary. If you do need to sleep in the lab, know that the vast majority of people fall asleep with little or no trouble. In some cases, it may take longer to fall asleep, and we take that information into account when considering the results of the study.
The Salt Lake Regional Medical Center Sleep Clinic can accommodate your schedule. Weekend and daytime tests are available for patients with special circumstances such as shift work or for commercial drivers needing to document daytime alertness.
What Should I Expect?
The Sleep Clinic at Salt Lake Regional Medical Center was designed with your comfort in mind. Rooms are designed to reflect a cozy home environment. Wood floors, HD TVs and comfortable beds are some of the features. Our expert technicians are here to assist you and make your experience one of comfort and trust.
When you arrive, you’ll meet with a technician who will conduct your study throughout the night. He/she will monitor your study from another room. You will have your own private room and bathroom. After completing some initial paperwork the technician will attach sensors and electrodes to various parts of your body. This is a completely painless process – there are no needles. Next, all signals from the sensors and electrodes are checked for quality and then you can go to bed.
What Do I Need To Bring?
Please bring a list of all your medications, your insurance card, a picture ID, and something comfortable to sleep in such as pajamas or shorts and a tee shirt. Please come freshly showered and avoid putting creams, mousse, lotions, gels or makeup on prior to arriving. Please take any of your normal medications prior to testing and bring any medication you normally take at bedtime. You may bring your personal pillow if you prefer.
The important thing to remember if you do suffer from a sleep disorder is that solutions are available. After your physician receives the results of the sleep study, they will be able to recommend whether you require a life-style change such as weight loss or alcohol avoidance, or whether you require corrective surgery and/or further treatment from a specialist.
The Sleep Lab
If an overnight study is suggested, Salt Lake Regional Medical Center has worked hard to provide an environment that resembles a bedroom in your home. Guests will be provided with a private room and bathroom that includes wood floors and a HD television. Guests are encouraged to bring comfortable sleeping clothes and their own pillows so that falling asleep is as easy as possible.
If you do suffer from a sleep disorder, our specialists will work with you and your results to provide a treatment plan that will lead you to a better night’s sleep. In some cases, lifestyle changes, such as weight loss or alcohol avoidance, will be recommended. In more serious cases, corrective surgery or further treatment by a sleep specialist may be necessary. There are also non-medicinal treatment options which include: light therapy, hypnotherapy, relaxation exercises, herbal treatments, behavioral modifications and conditioning exercises.