Nearly 35% of the population suffers from a sleep disorder. The most common include sleep apnea, snoring, restless kicking legs during sleep, insomnia, shift jet lag, involuntary napping, insomnia and sleepwalking.
Do you have a sleep problem?
- Do you snore loudly?
- Have others observed that you stop breathing or gasp for breath during sleep?
- Are you overweight?
- Do you have high blood pressure?
- Do you feel sleepy or doze off while watching TV or reading?
- Do you have unpleasant, tingly, creepy feelings in your legs when you try to sleep?
- Do you have morning headaches?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, ask your physician for a referral to the Sleep Lab at J.C. Blair. We offer daytime and nighttime hours to accommodate your schedule, and we are located right here in Huntingdon.
Take a closer look at the Sleep Lab at J.C. Blair
- With state-of-the-art equipment and a highly trained team, sleep disorders are diagnosed and treated in as little as two sessions.
- The Sleep Lab at J.C. Blair performs an average of eight sleep studies a week, including Multiple Sleep Latency Tests (MSLT) to diagnose those with narcolepsy - a sleep disorder marked by sudden and uncontrollable drowsiness and attacks of sleep at unexpected and irregular intervals.
- The Sleep Lab consists of two bedroom-like rooms located on the 3rd floor of the Hospital in the Specialty Care Clinic.
- Registered Polysomnographic Technologists work with the patient through the entire process and use minimally interruptive equipment and procedures to offer the best lab results.
- Neurologists, Registered Respiratory Therapists, and Registered Polysomnographic Technologists are staffed to ensure diagnosis and treatment.
- Home Sleep testing is an option to test for Sleep Apnea, if patient meets criteria and patient's insurance allows for Home Sleep testing.
Common Sleep Disorders
Sleep Apnea - People with untreated sleep apnea stop breathing repeatedly during their sleep, sometimes hundreds of times during the night - often for a minute or longer. This can be noted with loud snoring, interrupted by quiet pauses, then loud gasps for air. With each apnea event, the brain briefly arouses in order for patient to resume breathing. Consequently sleep is extremely fragmented and of poor quality. Sleep apnea can strike anyone at any age, even children. Yet still because of the lack of awareness by the public and healthcare professionals, the vast majority remain undiagnosed and therefore untreated, despite the fact that this serious disorder can have significant consequences. Untreated, sleep apnea can cause high blood pressure and other cardiovascular disease, memory problems, weight gain, impotency, and headaches. Moreover, untreated sleep apnea may be responsible for job impairment and motor vehicle crashes. Fortunately, sleep apnea can be diagnosed and treated.
Narcolepsy - A sleep disorder marked by sudden and uncontrollable drowsiness and attacks of sleep at unexpected and irregular intervals. The sleep attacks may last minutes or hours and vary in frequency from a few to many in a single day. A correct diagnosis requires monitoring overnight sleep. More than 80 percent of narcoleptic cases can be successfully treated with drugs that reduce symptoms. Sleep therapy, in which a regimen of strict bedtimes and daytime naps are established, may also help some patients have fewer unexpected sleep attacks.
Restless Leg Syndrome - No one knows exactly why restless leg syndrome occurs. People who suffer from restless leg syndrome have uncontrollable urges to move their legs. A feeling of discomfort in the leg prompts the need for movement. The sensations may also be caused by decreased blood flow through some vessels in the legs. This disorder can contribute to fatigue and drowsiness during the day, since the person is not getting a good night's sleep The most common long-term effect of restless leg syndrome is difficulty sleeping. This can reduce a person's quality of life and can also result in the inability to sleep, called insomnia, and problems that stem from lack of sleep.
Ten Tips for Better Sleep
- Give yourself “permission” to go to bed.
- Unwind early in the evening.
- Develop a sleep ritual.
- Keep regular hours.
- Create a restful place to sleep.
- Sleep on a comfortable, supportive mattress and foundation.
- Exercise regularly
- Cut down on stimulants.
- Don’t smoke.
- Reduce alcohol intake.
Start every morning with a good night’s sleep.
Our Board Certified Sleep Medicine physician is located in the Bryan Street Specialty Care Center, Suite 3, 820 Bryan Street, on the Hospital campus in Huntingdon.