Lack of sleep can lead to a variety of health issues. Possible issues include causing the body systems associated with major diseases, such as diabetes, to function less effectively, hormonal changes that can accelerate the paunch process and lead to obesity, and hypertension, which can further lead to coronary artery disease and cerebrovascular disease.
Leaving a lack of sleep untreated can aggravate and speed up the process to high cholesterol, high blood pressure, arrhythmias such as atrial fibrillation, congestive heart failure, pulmonary artery hypertension, sudden cardiac death and heart rate or rhythm problems.
If you have the related symptoms and those listed under our sleep evaluation, a sleep study can officially show what type of sleep you are getting. Our sleep medicine specialists can then determine the appropriate treatment to help you get the best sleep possible, slowing the effects of the related health consequences.
This sleep evaluation is a guideline to help identify sleep-disordered breathing problems, including obstructive sleep apnea.
Have you experienced any of the following symptoms on a regular basis?
- I have been told that I snore.
- I have been told that I stop breathing when I sleep, although I may have no recollection of this.
- I am always sleepy during the day even if I slept throughout the night.
- I have high blood pressure.
- I have been told that I am a restless sleeper, always tossing and turning while I sleep.
- I tend to sweat excessively while asleep.
- I frequently wake up with headaches in the morning.
- I tend to fall asleep during inappropriate times.
- Others and/or I have noticed a recent change in my personality.
- I am overweight.
If you experience three or more of the symptoms above, you show symptoms of sleep apnea, a life-threatening disorder which causes you to stop breathing during your sleep, possibly several hundred times a night, or another type of sleep-disordered breathing problem.
A sleep evaluation will help to determine your condition and the right treatment needed. Once diagnosed, these problems can often be treated quickly and easily. Treatment will not only improve your quality of life, but also increase your life expectancy. Contact one of our sleep medicine specialists today at 228-818-2530.