Excessive daytime sleepiness can be a symptom of a treatable sleep disorder.
Most people need seven or eight hours of sleep each night to feel refreshed and function well the next day. If you are getting less sleep than your body needs, you may be at risk. Several large studies have linked sleep deficits with poor work performance, driving accidents, relationship problems, and mood problems like anger and depression.
There are many potential causes of disrupted sleep. In fact, there may be as many as 100 documented sleep disorders, including:
- Sleep apnea, the most common cause of interrupted sleep, in which the sleeper regularly stops breathing for 10 seconds or longer.
- Problems staying awake, such as narcolepsy
- Problems with nighttime behaviors, such as snoring, sleepwalking, night terrors or bedwetting.
- Problems sleeping at night, or insomnia, which can be caused by stress, depression, hunger, physical discomfort or other problems
- Conditions such as restless legs syndrome or periodic limb movement disorder, which make it difficult to settle into sleep.
Talk to your doctor if you’re having trouble with sleep. He or she may recommend that you have a sleep study to identify the cause of your sleep problem.
How a sleep study works
- GRHS staff will send you an information packet.
- For a week, you’ll record your waking and sleeping habits, as well as use of caffeine and alcohol.
- There’s also a survey for people who live or sleep with you.
- Report to the Sleep Study Clinic at your appointment time. Bring completed questionnaires, comfortable pajamas, a favorite pillow and toiletries you’ll want in the morning. We’re located at the GRHS Glencoe Campus at 525 E. 18th St., Glencoe, MN 55336, just across the parking lot from Long Term Care.
- Sleep study specialists perform a polysomnogram, an electronic “reading” of the body’s responses during sleep. Sensors will be attached to your head, chest and legs to monitor your heart, breathing, oxygen levels, pulse and more.
- You’ll sleep while the sleep-study pros observe. If they notice that you stop breathing during your study, they may connect you to a device to keep your airways open, called CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure). The study will continue to see if CPAP helps you sleep uninterrupted.
- Most sleep studies are complete by 6:30 a.m.
- We’ll share results, observations and recommendations as soon as all data is collected.
Could a sleep study change your life? Check with your doctor. Then call the GRHS appointment line at 320-864-7080 or toll-free 1-888-526-4242, ext. 7080 between 8 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., Monday — Friday.
The Sleep Study Clinic at GRHS works with PDS Inc., a recognized leader in sleep diagnostics.