We’d like to remind you to Spring forward on March 11 for Daylight Savings Time. And as part of the reminder, we are observing National Sleep Awareness Week (March 5 – 11, 2012), since when we turn our clocks forward one hour, we risk losing an hour of sleep. During National Sleep Awareness Week, experts at Little Company of Mary’s accredited Sleep Disorders Center urge individuals with problems sleeping, chronic fatigue, or excessive daytime sleepiness to take action and improve their sleep and life.
An estimated over 70 million people in the United States suffer from sleep problems, which not only disrupt sleep, but can disturb a bed partner’s sleep because of problems such as snoring or excessive tossing and turning. Although millions of people in this country suffer from sleep disorders, such as insomnia, sleep apnea, and restless legs syndrome, many don’t recognize the symptoms or realize they can be successfully treated.
The following are symptoms/signs of a sleep disorder:
- Loud snoring
- Breathing pauses during sleep
- Difficulty falling asleep or remaining asleep
- Restless legs interfering with falling asleep or staying asleep
- Excessive daytime sleepiness or chronic fatigue
- Difficulty breathing, choking, or gasping during sleep
- Unusual behavior during sleep
- Irregular sleep/wake patterns
Jason Dunneback, pictured with Dr. Richard Kern, Medicine Specialist and Medical Director of Little Company, and Dr. Evan G. McLeod, Director of Respiratory, is thankful for the Little Company of Mary Sleep Disorders Center, which gave him shocking test results. “Dr. Kern told me that I had sleep apnea and stopped breathing 53 times an hour. I was given a CPAP breathing machine and almost one year later, I feel great. I have energy every day,” said Dunneback.
A few facts about sleep problems:
- Sleep problems like snoring usually becomes more frequent and serious as people age.
- Sleep disturbances can lead to unrefreshing sleep, which contributes to poor daytime function, irritability, and changes in appetite.
- Snoring associated with breathing pauses or gasping during sleep, and persistent unrefreshing sleep, can be a symptom of sleep apnea, a potentially serious medical condition.
- Sleep apnea increases the risk of high blood pressure, stroke, diabetes and heart disease.
- Sleep apnea also increases the risk of automobile and work-related accidents, and can cause mood alterations and difficulty with memory and concentration.
If you have one or more of the symptoms and signs listed above, consult the sleep specialists at Little Company of Mary’s Sleep Disorders Center. Little Company of Mary Hospital Sleep Disorders Center is a premier provider of sleep disorder evaluations and offers sleep studies in the comfort of a relaxed bedroom-like environment with a private bathroom and shower. Full accessibility for patients with disabilities as well as oversize furniture to accommodate all patient sizes is available.