Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Are You Getting Enough Sleep?

Do you feel like you get
good sleep? 

Are you well rested
when you wake up? 

Do you have plenty of energy during the day without feeling like you need a nap? 

By Regina Plummer, Sleep Lab Technician

If not, you may need to visit the JCH Sleep Lab for a sleep study.  Not getting healthy sleep can be the root to many health problems because your body does not get the rest it needs to heal and restore itself.  There are over 80 sleeping disorders, the most prevalent being Sleep Apnea, which is where the airway closes off during sleep, causing the person to wake up long enough to breathe, and then go back into the shallow stages of sleep, repeating this pattern throughout the night.  This prevents the person from getting to the deeper stages of sleep, which is where the body fully relaxes.  Some of the health issues that are commonly seen with sleep apnea are high blood pressure, heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, acid reflux, weight gain, frequent nighttime urination and depression.  

When you don’t get the energy you need from sleep, your body will retain fat and cause you to crave high calorie foods such as carbs and sweets.  The more weight you gain, the more severe the sleep apnea becomes, because you have more tissue in the back of your throat, closing off your airway.  By treating the sleeping disorder, you are allowing your body to function the way it is supposed to, and to heal itself.  

In order to have a sleep study, you must have a referral from your physician.  The doctor’s office can call Scheduling to schedule your sleep study.  We are open Monday – Thursday nights.  Feel free to take a look at the new sleep rooms on the Med Surg floor in rooms 218 and 220.  The beds have very nice pillow top mattresses, there is a comfortable recliner and a flat panel TV.  There is also a shower and you will receive a coupon for a free breakfast, if you would like to stay and eat in the cafeteria.   It is the easiest test you will ever take. 

If you would like to schedule a Sleep Study, contact the Center at (618) 498-8394.     

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