Everyone has had a bad night’s sleep at one time or another. But for many people this is a regular occurrence that results in restless nights and tiresome, irritating days. In fact, over 50 million adults in the United States report problems sleeping each year. Don’t let a possible sleep disorder ruin your life! Symptoms include excessive daytime drowsiness, morning headaches, heavy snoring, irritability and fatigue, involuntary movement of the limbs while asleep, and difficulty staying awake while watching TV, driving, or reading. Sleeping disorders are sometimes confused with laziness. Realize that you or a person you know may not be lazy, but may in fact be suffering from abnormal sleeping habits that prevent normal functionality. There are many different sleep disorders out there, of which you may or may not be suffering from. The most common types are:
• Insomnia, difficulty falling and/or staying asleep
• Sleep apnea, breathing interruptions while sleeping
• Restless leg syndrome, a tingling or prickly feeling in the legs
• Narcolepsy, daytime “sleep attacks”
• Parasomnia, includes night terrors, sleep walking, wetting the bed, and grinding of teeth
If you are having problems sleeping or feel that you may have a sleep disorder, talk to your doctor about getting tested at the Sleep Lab at ACMH Hospital. During an evaluation, you will stay in a comfortable, well-accommodated room with a private bathroom. State-of-the-art monitoring devices are present in each room, which will aid the Sleep Lab staff in reaching your diagnosis. During your sleep study, a Sleep Technician will stay in a control room next door, tending to any needs you may have.
Your experience during the evaluation should be as close to your in-home sleep as possible. Therefore, you are recommended to bring your personal sleepwear and pillow to ensure your comfort. If you require medication to help you sleep, it must be supplied by your physician prior to being admitted for sleep study.
Four of the sleep study rooms have been upgraded to maximize the comfortability and quality of your stay. The renovations include specialized bariatric beds with electronic controls, updated furniture and carpeting, high definition flatscreen TVs, fresh flooring and paint, and fully renovated kitchenette areas.
And unlike other sleep labs, the ACMH Hospital Sleep Lab offers consecutive night stays, resulting in quicker diagnoses and faster treatment. For a complete evaluation of your sleep disorder, including the effects of therapy, patients are recommended to stay at the Sleep Lab for two nights of study. If you stay for two consecutive nights, you will be permitted to leave ACMH Hospital to perform your usual activities during the intervening day. Daytime sleep studies are also available for those who work night shifts and are accustomed to sleeping during daylight hours.
Additional things that set the Sleep Lab apart from the competition:
• Hospital affiliated, with Intensive Care Unit and Emergency Department physicians on-site 24/7
• Lower technician-to-patient ratio; one on one if needed
• Adolescent and pediatric patients welcome; accommodations for parents available
• Professional staff with medical backgrounds: Certified/Registered Respiratory Therapists and Registered Sleep Technologists
• Security on premises
• Private bathroom with shower
• Wireless internet access
• Continental breakfast and cafeteria coupons available
• No cancellation fees
• Consecutive night stays available
Sleep disorders are prevalent among soldiers, especially those suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. They are usually diagnosed with insomnia or obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). The disorders are most commonly traced to medication usage that affects sleep habits, and injuries sustained on the battlefield.
Truck drivers and shift workers such as nurses are highly susceptible to sleep disorders, because they tend to work during non-traditional hours. Their bodies can have difficulty adjusting to the various sleep-and-wake schedules, resulting in problems during sleep. The elderly also experience many cases of sleep disorders. This is mostly due to the fact that as we age, we need more sleep per night as we did when we were young. Medical illnesses and medications associated with those illnesses also interfere with sleep patterns in elderly individuals.