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July 18, 2016
IF YOU’RE STILL TIRED when you wake up, even after a full night’s slumber, or if your heavy snoring keeps everyone up except you, you may have sleep problems that a sleep clinic could help address.
A restful night is vital to being healthy and productive. Most people can attain this simply by having regular sleep hours in a quiet, darkened room with a quality, comfortable mattress. But for others, it’s not that simple.
To identify problems such as sleep apnea and insomnia, among the most common sleep disorders, your doctor may refer you to a sleep clinic, where you may get set up for a sleep study to see how well and how much you get your Zzzzs.
A sleep study is painless and can actually be quite comfortable. The setting is generally reminiscent of a hotel room, albeit staffed with nurses and technicians who place electrodes on various parts of your body. While that doesn’t necessarily sound conducive to comfortably drifting off, patients in a sleep study are usually able to get enough shut-eye to provide the information needed by the medical professionals.
More than 18 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea, in which breathing stops momentarily. Severe sleep apnea can cause someone to stop breathing hundreds of times each night. Breathing can stop for a few seconds or for a minute or longer.
In obstructive sleep apnea, the upper passages of the airway are closed off, causing breathing to stop. People with this disorder generally snore loudly and have pauses in breathing that are sometimes accompanied by choking, gasping or snorting. They may be overweight, have high blood pressure, experience frequent fatigue to the point of nodding off