Accredited sleep disorder center in Dublin, Georgia
Sleep is vital to our well-being. Research shows that an adequate amount of quality sleep is essential for overall good health. Sleep disorders are often not taken seriously enough.
Sleep disorders can be linked to numerous life threatening health issues like diabetes, stroke, hypertension, coronary artery disease, obesity and depression. Fairview Park Hospital is proud to offer a service that can help alleviate these health risks with The Sleep Center. The completely remodeled suite offers all of the comforts of home with the backup of a full service hospital and sleep doctors.
To find out more about The Sleep Center or to schedule a sleep study, call us at (478) 274-3575.
What are sleep disorders?
Loud snoring and daytime fatigue may be warning signs of a sleep disorder. An undiagnosed sleep disorder could lead to an accident or may cause high blood pressure, which increases the risk of a heart attack or stroke. Loss of sex drive may also be a symptom of a sleep disorder.
If you have heart or lung disease and poor sleep, you should consider discussing your symptoms with your doctor and arranging for a comprehensive evaluation by a board-certified sleep physician.
Insomnia is characterized by an inability to sleep and/or inability to remain asleep for a reasonable period. Insomniacs typically complain of being unable to close their eyes or “rest their mind” for more than a few minutes at a time. Both organic and nonorganic insomnia constitute a sleep disorder. It is often caused by fear, stress, anxiety, medications, herbs, caffeine, depression or sometimes for no apparent reason. An overactive mind or physical pain may also be causes. Finding the underlying cause of insomnia is usually necessary to treat it.
Symptoms may include:
- Depression or stress
- Disturbing thoughts while trying to sleep
- Waking during the night and going back to sleep with difficulty
- Lying awake for more than half an hour before falling asleep
Narcolepsy is a condition marked by an uncontrollable desire for sleep, or sudden attacks of weakness occurring during moments of strong emotions. Related symptoms and warning signs include:
- Vivid nightmares or hallucinations when falling asleep or waking up
- Paralysis when falling asleep or awakening
- Cataplexy, an episodic conditions featuring loss of muscle function, ranging from slight weakness to complete body collapse
- A feeling of “going limp” when angry or surprised
- Excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS)
- Disturbed or fragmented sleep
Periodic limb movements
Periodic limb movements (PLM) or “restless legs” syndrome is marked by the involuntary muscle contraction of the legs or arms during sleep. Symptoms may include:
- Muscle tension in legs
- Crawling sensations in legs
- Kicking at night
- Daytime sleepiness
The most common examples of parasomnias are:
- Sleepwalking or sleep talking
- Severe nightmares/tremors
- Sleep terrors
- Movement disorder
What is your snore score?
Everyone snores occasionally. However, persistent snoring cannot only be an annoyance; it can be a symptom of a more serious problem called sleep apnea. Sleep apnea causes interruptions in breathing during sleep and its sufferers waken frequently, though they may not be aware of it. Because their nights are so restless, they spend their days feeling tired, but they do not know the reason why. Those with sleep apnea may snore loudly, choke and gasp as they struggle to breathe. Left untreated, sleep apnea can cause shortness of breath, chest pain and can even lead to high blood pressure, which can cause other serious health problems such as heart disease or stroke.
If you are experiencing any of the following, you may suffer from sleep apnea:
- Loud, habitual snoring
- Waking up tired and groggy
- Feeling sleepy during waking hours
- Observed choking, gasping or holding your breath during sleep
If you observe any of these symptoms, you should contact your physician to visit one of our sleep apnea doctors. Your doctor will discuss your choices and can refer you to get a sleep apnea test.