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Sleep Disorders


Sleeping on the job?

Score Your Sleep
Find out how well you sleep. A simple questionnaire may help you recognize and detect symptoms of sleep disorders. Getting an evaluation at our sleep disorders lab is the best way to determine if you have a sleep/wake disorder.  

If you are having sleep problems, please talk with your doctor and ask for a referral for appropriate sleep tests.

 


A WebMD.com article listed the following consequences associated with sleep deprivation:

  • Significant reductions in performance and alertness. Increasing your sleep by as little as 1.5 hours for just one night could result in an increase of daytime alertness by as much as 32 percent. 
  • Decreased alertness and excessive daytime sleepiness impair your memory and your cognitive ability - your ability to think and process information. 
  • Decreased quality of life. You might be unable to participate in activities that require sustained attention, like going to the movies, seeing your child in a school play, or watching a favorite TV show. 
  • You are more than twice as likey to experience an occupational injury if you are excessively sleepy. 
  • The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that each year drowsy drivers are responsible for at least 100,000 automobile crashes, 71,000 injuries, and 1,550 fatalities

It might be sleep apnea which can cause health problems, even stroke and heart attack.

Symptoms include:

  • excessive day time sleepiness
  • choking or gasping during sleep
  • observed pauses in breathing
  • headaches
  • snoring

In the long term, untreated sleep disorders are associated with many serious illnesses, including:

  • High blood pressure
  • Mental impairment 
  • Heart attack 
  • Injury from accidents 
  • Heart failure 
  • Disruption of bed partner’s sleep quality 
  • Stroke 
  • Depression and other mood disorders 
  • Obesity