Sleep disorders can affect anyone. Even individuals who are otherwise completely healthy. Sleep apnea and other disorders can contribute to depression, daily fatigue, more frequent illnesses, workplace accidents, even traffic accidents. Left untreated, sleep disorders can increase the risk of developing other health issues, like high blood pressure, heart failure and stroke. Florida Hospital Heartland provides cutting-edge diagnosis of sleep disorders, which helps physicians properly deal with it. With the right testing and treatment, many sleep sufferers are waking up to healthier, more productive lives.
Asking Yourself if You Have Sleep Issues?
Sleep disorders are marked by disruptive pattern of sleep that may include difficulty falling or staying asleep, falling asleep at inappropriate times, excessive total sleep time or abnormal behaviors associated with (sleep walking, sleep terrors). Behaviorally, increased fatigue, irritability, illness and/or reduced concentration and productivity can also be signs of sleep apnea. Found more commonly in overweight, middle-aged men and women, sleep issues can also affect those in excellent physical shape. It is important to recognize the symptoms and be properly tested.
The Sleep Quiz
Take This Quiz to See If You Might Have Sleep Apnea. Ask your partner, family members, roommate, etc., to help you answer questions 1 and 2.
1. Do you usually snore loudly?
2. Is your snoring interrupted by silence followed by a gasp or snort?
3. Do you ever fall asleep or almost fall asleep while driving or other waking hours?
4. Do you regularly have trouble concentrating or remembering?
5. Are you experiencing mood or behavior changes?
6. Do you often wake up with a headache?
7. Has your interest in sex declined?
If you answered “yes” to any of the questions above, talk to your healthcare provider. Your symptom(s) may be from sleep apnea or some other problem. Either way, medical attention is important.
Three Common Disorders We Study
Sleep apnea –Stopping breathing frequently and/or for long periods throughout the night. and then starts breathing again many times each night.
Narcolepsy – Falling asleep suddenly many times each day.
Chronic insomnia – Trouble falling asleep night after night.
It is estimated that 30 percent of the population suffers from some type of sleep disorder. Although there are over 80 different sleep disorders, only three make up 90% of referrals to a sleep studies program.
Sleep apnea is the most common sleep disorder. It is found in people of all ages, affecting nearly 7% of the overall population. This incidence is equal to that of asthma and diabetes. Twenty percent of men between the ages of 25 and 55 experience some sleep apnea. People with sleep apnea typically stop breathing 100-300 times per night. Repeated pauses in breathing prevent rested sleep, leading to problems staying awake while driving or on the job.
Studies have shown that 40 percent of people who take four or more medications for high blood pressure have undiagnosed sleep apnea. Additionally, the incidence of heart attack and stroke may be increased in someone with untreated sleep apnea.
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