Sleep & Snoring
While it’s normal to experience some difficulty related to sleeping, regular sleep disturbances that are increasingly problematic may indicate the presence of a sleep disorder. According to the National Sleep Foundation, 90 million Americans are affected by some type of sleep disorder and 37 million suffer on a regular basis. Symptoms of sleep disorders include not being able to sleep through the night and consistent fatigue even after adequate amounts of sleep. As a result, some sleep disorders have been known to correlate with a higher risk for heart and vascular disease. The most commonly known sleep disorders are Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), Insomnia, Narcolepsy and Restless Leg Syndrome.
Diagnosing and Treating Sleep Disorders
Most medical professionals will refer patients to a specialist for the diagnosis and treatment of a sleep disorder. The most common method for diagnosis requires patients to undergo a sleep study. Patients will stay overnight in a sleep center with sensors hooked up to various parts of the body. While sleeping, the sensors record data related to the patients’ brain waves, heart beat and breathing, among other things. After a night of observation and reviewing data, medical professionals can more adequately diagnosis the problem and disorder.