Almost every one suffers through an occasional bad night of sleep. Going to bed early and catching up on lost sleep usually does the trick. But for millions of Americans, sleep problems are chronic and debilitating. If you have a hard time getting or staying asleep, wake up feeling tired or feel sleepy during the day, no matter how much sleep you got the night before, you may have a sleep disorder.
It’s estimated that 40 million people suffer from chronic, long-term sleep disorders each year, while another 20 million experience short-term sleeping problems. Sleep disorders can result in fatigue, irritability, depression, lack of concentration and lost productivity. They can have a serious affect on a person’s relationships and social activities. Sleep disorders can also worsen some health problems and create new ones.
Fortunately, help is available. The Mercy Sleep Disorder Center is a comprehensive, specialty facility dedicated to the evaluation and treatment of sleep disorders. Mercy’s Sleep Disorder Center offers patients the latest technology, equipment and treatment-options. Working with the expert staff of the Mercy Sleep Disorder Center, a restful night can be more than just a dream.
The Mercy Sleep Disorder Center is a member of the Sleep Network, a national group of sleep disorder centers.
About Sleep Disorders
Sleep disorders are any conditions that interrupt the normal sleep-wake pattern. Sleep disorders may be a result of chronic respiratory problems or lung disease, changes in your sleep schedule due to shift work or traveling, and nightmares or night terrors.
Some of the more specific and common sleep disorders are:
Sleep Apnea and Snoring Snoring is common, but loud snoring may be a sleep disorder called sleep apnea. People who have sleep apnea may stop breathing several times throughout the night.
Narcolepsy Narcolepsy is characterized by excessive, uncontrollable daytime sleep episodes that interfere with work or school.
Insomnia Insomnia is a chronic problem with falling or staying asleep,
Periodic Limb Movement Disorder Periodic Limb Movement Disorder is when people are unable to fall or stay asleep because of involuntary kicking, jerking or flexing of their muscles.
Anyone can call for an appointment at the Sleep Disorder Center. Patients are encouraged, however, to check with their insurance carrier to see if a physician referral is required.
After you schedule an appointment at the Sleep Disorder Center, we will send you an evaluation that will provide the Center with your sleeping history and your medical history. The Center will also ask that you keep a sleeping diary for a few days.
At your appointment, you will meet with a physician who specializes in sleep medicine. The doctor will conduct a thorough physical exam. If it’s determined that an overnight sleep study is required, the Mercy Sleep Disorder Center offers a comfortable, home-like patient room. And if a sleep disorder is diagnosed, the team of specialists will create a personalized plan to help you overcome your sleep disorder.