Sunday, May 17, 2015

When is the right time to get a sleep study done? When you feel...

This article explains when might be the appropriate time to get a sleep study done.

The long term effects of sleep deprivation can leave you physically and emotionally drained, and can have a serious effect on your overall health. Often times, people don’t necessarily realize that certain symptoms they are experiencing could actually be signs of an underlying sleep disorder. Common symptoms of a sleep disorder include:
  • Waking up with a sore or dry throat
  • Loud snoring
  • Occasionally waking up with a choking or gasping sensation
  • Sleepiness or lack of energy during the day
  • Sleepiness while driving
  • Morning headaches
  • Restless sleep
  • Forgetfulness and mood changes
  • Recurrent awakenings or difficulty going to sleep
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, there are things you can do to improve your sleep hygiene and hopefully alleviate sleep disturbances.  For instance, avoid caffeine consumption or eating a heavy meal in the evenings. Establish a pre-sleep routine to help you wind-down and prepare for sleep. Do something that is relaxing for you, such as turning off electronic devices, dimming the lights, taking a warm bath, listening to soft, calming music or reading a book.
If you have tried methods to improve your sleep hygiene, yet are still experiencing symptoms of a sleep disorder, it is time to talk to your doctor about getting a sleep study. Many people are apprehensive about sleep studies because they are uncomfortable with the thought of sleeping in an unfamiliar place while being monitored. However, Cone Health Sleep Disorders Centers (at Annie Penn Hospital and in Greensboro) have designed their facilities to feel like you are staying the night in a hotel room. Patients are also invited to bring pillows, blankets or other items from home to increase their comfort level. And remember, the benefits of having a sleep study administered and a treatment plan tailored to your condition well out-weighs the detrimental effect long term sleep deprivation can have on your overall health.
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