Good Sleep and You
Getting a good night's sleep is vital to your health. In fact, studies are showing that sleep is more important to your health than previously thought. That is one of the reasons why Gordon Hospital offers comprehensive sleep services.
What We Offer
Gordon Hospital's Sleep Disorders Center, housed in the new clinical decisions unit (CDU), is designed for people with sleep difficulties. Take a look at some of the tests and treatments available:
- Polysomnogram: an overnight study that monitors your oxygen levels, heart pattern, leg movement, air flow, brain activity, and respiratory effort.
- Continuous Positive Air Pressure (CPAP): This device sends air though a hose, which is held over your nose by a mask. Air is gently pushed through your throat and nasal passages and widens your airway so you can breathe easier.
- Multiple Sleep Latency Test: during a MSlT, you'll be monitored during five short naps - usually two hours apart. Sleeping and waking patterns are observed for those who have constant daytime drowsiness or who fall asleep at unexpected times.
Who We Can Help
Anyone who experiences sleep disturbances or excessive sleepiness is a candidate for sleep studies. Conditions such as narcolepsy, obstructive sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome, and central sleep disorders are diagnosed and treated through advanced testing in the Sleep Disorders Center. Evaluation for sleep disorders begins in the physician's office, where medical history and other vital information are gathered. If the physician orders a sleep study, then the patient is scheduled for an overnight stay at Gordon Hospital.
Overnight in the Sleep Center
If you spend the night in the Sleep Disorders Center, you will have a private room. A technician will attach many sensors to your body, then go into another room. As you sleep, your heart rate, breathing, oxygen level, and other functions will be tracked. A microphone and video camera will record your breathing sounds and body movements. The technician will keep watch nearby. If you need an air pressure device to help you breathe, one will be available.
Getting the Results
The results of your sleep study need to be scored and interpreted. once this is done, your doctor will discuss the findings with you. The sleep study results will show whether you have sleep apnea or another disorder. It can also tell how severe the apnea is. The findings help your doctor know which treatment or treatments may be the right ones for you.
How Sleepy Are You?
The Epworth Sleepiness Scale is a questionnaire that helps to determine the extent of daytime sleepiness in everyday type activities. Please answer the following questions based on how you have behaved or would behave in that situation using the scale listed below.
0= Would never doze off
1= Slight chance of dozing
2= Some chance of dozing
3= High chance of dozing
____ Sitting and Reading
____ Watching Television
____ Sitting inactive in a public place (i.e. a theater)
____ Riding in a car as a passenger greater than 1 hour
____ Lying down to rest in the afternoon
____ Sitting and talking to someone
____ Sitting quietly after lunch without alcohol
____ In a car, while stopped for a few minutes in traffic (or at a traffic light)
Total Score ______
If your score is greater than 10, contact your physician for an appointment.
Changing a few habits may be all you need to stop snorning and prevent mild sleep apnea. Even if you need further treatment, these changes are a good place to start.
- Sleep on your side. When you sleep on your back, gravity pulls relaxed throat tissues down, blocking the airway.
- Lose weight. Excess weight makes the structures in your throat more bulky and floppy. That makes breathing harder and snoring and apnea worse.
- Avoid alcohol and certain medications. Alcohol and medications such as sedatives, sleeping pills and some antihistamines relax your throat muscles more than usual. That may cause or worsen blockage, snoring and apnea.
- Unblock your nose; a blocked-up nose makes snoring and apnea worse. If you have allergies or sinus problems, ask your doctor for help. If you have nasal problems, nasal strips may make breathing easier.
- Smoking worsens a stuffy nose, so if you smoke, quit.
For more information call us today at 706.624.5060.