Your Sleep Problems, Decoded
You’re at your best when you’ve had a full night’s sleep. But sometimes sleeping problems keep you from getting the rest you need. Lack of sleep is often linked to other medical problems such as obesity, heart disease, diabetes, headaches, and depression.
Good news. Our sleep experts can give you the answers you need to start waking up each morning feeling more refreshed and ready for the day.
What are common sleep conditions? Conditions diagnosed and treated include:
- Sleep apnea: when your breathing repeatedly stops and starts during sleep.
- Narcolepsy: excessive sleepiness and frequent daytime sleep attacks.
- Hypersomnia: excessive sleepiness when you have trouble staying awake during the day.
- Periodic limb movement disorder: when your limbs make rhythmic movements during sleep. Usually happens in your legs, but can also happen in your arms and shoulders.
- Insomnia: trouble falling asleep or staying asleep through the night.
How can you tell if you have a sleep condition?
- You typically feel sleepy during the day, or you fall asleep at random or irregular times.
- You regularly take more than 30 minutes each night to fall asleep.
- You often awaken more than a few times or for long periods of time every night.
- You take frequent naps.
What tests are available to you? Depending on your symptoms, your doctor may order one or more of the following tests:
- Polysomnography: also called a “sleep study,” used to diagnose sleep disorders. It records your brain waves, the oxygen level in your blood, your heart rate and breathing, and your eye and leg movements during sleep. These studies are usually done in a sleep lab, but home sleep studies may also be available to you. Ask your doctor for more information.
- CPAP/BiPAP trials: in-lab sleep studies used to measure continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) and bi-level positive airway pressure (BiPAP). These use small machines that administer positive air pressure through a tube connected to a facial mask.
- Multiple sleep latency testing and nap studies: tests for excessive daytime sleepiness by measuring how quickly you fall asleep in a quiet environment during the day.
What about treatment? After testing, talk to your doctor about the best treatment options for you. Common treatments include:
- Over-the-counter or prescription sleep aid medications
- Breathing aids, including CPAP or BiPAP machines
- Relaxation exercises
You want to know where to get the sleep testing or treatment you need. Start with your physician. You’ll also find more information and knowledgeable experts at any of these hospitals:
Call 844-247-5337 to talk to a sleep medicine specialist near you.