It is easy to overlook the benefits of a good night’s sleep. Without adequate rest a person can be left feeling irritable, distracted and sluggish. Those who repeatedly do not get enough sleep could be facing other health problems such as heart attack, depression and weight gain. Symptoms that may warrant a sleep study may be loud, disruptive snoring, irregular breathing during sleep, falling asleep at inappropriate times, not feeling rested in the morning, high blood pressure and morning headaches.
Information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicate insufficient sleep has become a public health epidemic. An estimated 50 to 70 million American adults report having a sleep or wakefulness disorder, and women are twice as likely to suffer from insomnia as men. Plus, one in three people suffer from some form of insomnia during their lifetime.
In some instances, lack of sleep or too much sleep might be indicative of a medical condition. Those who are a chronic snorer, have excessive daytime sleepiness, get drowsy when driving, trouble falling or maintaining sleep should speak with their family physician at the Okeene Medical
Clinic about a sleep study. The Okeene Municipal hospital through the St. Anthony Affiliate Healthcare Network, is now offering sleep studies in Okeene.
Sleep studies are tests that monitor what happens in a person’s body during sleep. The studies are ordered by your physician and are conducted to find out what may be causing sleep problems. Sleep studies are covered by most insurances but pre-certification is required. Once you have scheduled your sleep study at the Okeene Municipal Hospital, you will receive a call from one of our sleep techs to confirm your appointment and answer any questions you may have. When you arrive at the Okeene Hospital you will check in at the ER nurses station who will notify the sleep lab tech or your arrival. You should plan on spending the entire night in the sleep lab where you will have a private room and bathroom facilities. You will need to bring appropriate and comfortable sleeping attire. During your sleep study, a sleep technician will apply several monitoring electrodes and you will be fitted with a nasal mask used with our CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine which will be used should your test indicate it would benefit you. As you sleep you will be continuously be monitored by a sleep technician throughout the night from a different room. Your results will be evaluated and interpreted by a sleep study physician and then sent to your referring physician who will provide follow-up communication with you.
Don’t spend another sleepless night wondering why you can’t get to sleep, call your physician at the Okeene Medical Clinic today to discuss a sleep study at the Okeene Municipal Hospital.