Three-quarters of adults experience at least one symptom of a sleep disorder. These range from snoring to not sleeping through the night, problems falling asleep and even sleepwalking. And today, more than half of adults report feeling tired during the day.
Having a sleep disorder not only disrupts your life and daily activities, but it can also cause high blood pressure, weight gain, headaches and, if left untreated, increases your risk of heart attack and stroke.
Sleep is a crucial part of our health and well-being. Surveys conducted by the National Sleep Foundation reveal that:
At the Hillsboro Area Hospital Sleep Clinic, we evaluate patients for:
Obstructive Sleep Apnea is a medical problem affecting up to 4 percent of middle-aged adults. The most common complaints are loud snoring, disrupted sleep and excessive daytime sleepiness.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea is a disorder in which complete or partial obstruction of the airway during sleep causes loud snoring, oxygen desaturations and frequent arousals. As a result, affected persons have disturbed sleep and excessive daytime sleepiness. Sleep Apnea has been linked to high blood pressure, diabetes, angina, nocturnal cardiac arrhythmias, heart attacks, stroke, emotional problems, impotence and motor vehicle crashes.
Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) is often described by patients in many ways. They often use words to describe the sensation such as an ache, creeping, crawling, pulling, or that they have to get up and walk it off. RLS affects both men and women and can start at any age. It may be confused with growing pains or restlessness when experienced by children. In addition, the severity of the disorder appears to increase with age. Older patients experience symptoms more frequently and for longer periods of time. More than 80 percent of people with RLS also suffer from a condition known as Periodic Limb Movement Disorder (PLMD). Characteristics of PLMD include involuntary leg twitching or jerking movements during sleep that occur repeatedly throughout the night and result in disrupted sleep.
In addition to poor quality and short sleep at night, research has shown that people with RLS generally experience a reduced quality of life in the absence of treatment. There is also evidence of a connection between RLS and Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
Snoring is noisy breathing during sleep. It is a common problem among all ages and both genders and it affects approximately 90 million American adults — 37 million on a regular basis. Snoring may occur nightly or intermittently. Snoring disrupts your sleep and the sleep of anyone who is in the same room (or even house) as you. While you sleep, the muscles of your throat relax, your tongue falls backward, and your throat becomes narrow and "floppy." As you breathe, the walls of the throat begin to vibrate, generally when you breathe. These vibrations lead to the characteristic sound of snoring. The narrower your airway becomes, the greater the vibration and the louder the snoring. Sometimes the walls of the throat collapse completely so that it is completely occluded, creating a condition called apnea (cessation of breathing). This is a serious condition, which requires medical attention.
Insomnia is the inability to fall asleep or remain asleep. Insomnia is also used to describe the condition of waking up not feeling restored or refreshed and is the most common sleep complaint among Americans. It can last one to several nights, or even months. According to the National Center for Sleep Disorders Research at the National Institutes of Health, about 30-40% of adults say they have some symptoms of insomnia within a given year.
Rapid eye movement (REM) sleep behavior disorder is a sleep disorder in which you physically act out vivid, often unpleasant dreams with vocal sounds and sudden, often violent arm and leg movements during REM sleep - sometimes called dream-enacting behavior.
Periodic Limb Movement Disorder (PLMD) is a movement disorder that occurs during sleep. Approximately 80-90% of patients with Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS) will also have PLMD
We provide a very comfortable, home-like atmosphere. Patients are monitored with non-invasive, painless sensors that track brain activity, eye movement, muscle activity, breathing, oxygen level and heart rate. After completion of the sleep study, the specialist will interpret your report and make recommendations for possible treatment based on your individual findings.
At Hillsboro Area Hospital, we can now evaluate all these things in the comfort of your own home by providing a Home Diagnostic Sleep Study
Call 217-532-4175 to schedule a Sleep Study.
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