Do you snore, stop breathing, or gasp for air during the night? Do you feel drowsy during the day, even after you think you’ve had a full night’s sleep? Sleep disorders are more common than many of us realize and can adversely affect your health.
Diagnosis and treatment of sleep related problems is available at Moundview Memorial Hospital & Clinics through a partnership with Winmar Diagnostics of Fargo, North Dakota. WinMar Diagnostics and the physicians who interpret sleep studies for Moundview are accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.
The most common respiratory related sleep disorder is obstructive sleep apnea. Persons with this condition may stop breathing for a few seconds to more than a minute while they are sleeping, usually due to some kind of obstruction in the airway.
Sleep apnea is typically associated with loud snoring and excessive daytime drowsiness and irritability. In addition, it has been linked to other physical conditions including heart problems, weight gain, high blood pressure, depression, anxiety, impotence and even sudden death. Undiagnosed, a sleep disorder can affect every aspect of your life from social interactions to family dynamics, job performance to normal attention span.
Diagnosing a sleep problem begins with a visit to your family physician who will examine you and determine if a referral should be made to Moundview’s Sleep Clinic. A Winmar sleep technician will then use state-of-the-art equipment to evaluate your sleep patterns during an overnight stay at the hospital. The technician will work with your physician to evaluate the severity of your condition and recommend steps to be taken to alleviate the problem.
If you think you may suffer from sleep apnea or another sleep disorder, ask your provider for a sleep study referral at Moundview or call us at (608) 339-8388 for more information.