Do you snore?
Do you have blood pressure?
Do you feel tired during the day?
If you or your spouse can answer yes to any of the above questions, please visit
your doctor to see if these symptoms could be related to sleep apnea. Sleep apnea
is a condition that affects millions of men and women and has been identified by
the National Institutes of Health as a cause of high blood pressure.
Signs and Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
- Stop breathing during sleep
- Waking up gasping
- Feeling tired when you wake up
- Morning Headaches
- Memory lapses
- Diminished sex drive
- High blood Pressure
- Congestive heart failure
- Past stroke sufferer
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a common sleep disorder that affects approximately
1 in 5 adults. OSA can put significant strain on the heart and is related to a number
of serious health problems.
The good news is that OSA can be treated easily and safely. If you or someone you
know suffers from any of the symptoms listed above, please visit our clinic for a
thorough analysis of your condition. Getting treatment for OSA can improve all of
these conditions, as well as increase your overall well-being. Please call and schedule
your appointment to see one of our sleep studies specialists.
Sleep Studies at Calvary Medical Clinic
Sleep studies are tests that watch what happens to your body during sleep. The studies
are done to find out what is causing your sleep problems. Sleep problems include:
- Sleep apnea, when an adult regularly stops breathing during sleep for 10 seconds
or longer. This may be caused by blocked airflow during sleep, such as from narrowed
airways. Or it may be caused by a problem with how the brain signals the breathing
muscles to work.
- Problems staying awake, such as narcolepsy.
- Problems with nighttime behaviors, such as sleepwalking, night terrors, or bed-wetting.
- Problems sleeping at night (insomnia). This may be caused by stress, depression,
hunger, physical discomfort, or other problem.
- Problems sleeping during the day because you work at night or do rotating shift work.
This sleep problem is called shift work sleep disorder.
- Conditions such as periodic limb movement disorder, which is repeated muscle twitching
of the feet, arms, or legs during sleep.
- Sleep studies can also determine whether you have a problem with your stages of sleep.
The two stages of sleep are non-rapid eye movement (NREM) and rapid eye movement
(REM). Normally, NREM and REM alternate 4 to 5 times during a night's sleep. A change
in this cycle may make it hard for you to sleep soundly.
The most common sleep studies are:
- Polysomnogram. This test records several body functions during sleep, including brain
activity, eye movement, oxygen and carbon dioxide blood levels, heart rate and rhythm,
breathing rate and rhythm, the flow of air through your mouth and nose, snoring,
body muscle movements, and chest and belly movement.
- Multiple sleep latency test (MSLT). This test measures how long it takes you to fall
asleep. It also determines whether you enter REM sleep.
- Maintenance of wakefulness test (MWT). This test measures whether you can stay awake
during a time when you are normally awake