Providing the Best in Sleep Diagnosis and Treatment
GOOD SLEEP HABITS
The American Sleep Disorders Association has established the following guidelines for a good night’s sleep:
Get up about the same time every day.
Go to bed only when sleepy.
Establish relaxing pre-sleep rituals such as a warm bath, light bedtime snack or 10 minutes of reading.
Exercise regularly. Confine vigorous exercise to early hours, at least six hours before bedtime, and do mild exercise—such as simple stretching or walking—at least four hours before bedtime.
Keep a regular schedule. Regular times for meals, medications, chores and other activities help keep the inner clock running smoothly.
Avoid ingestion of caffeine within six hours of bedtime. Don’t drink alcohol, especially when sleepy. Even a small close of alcohol can have a potent effect when tired.
Avoid smoking close to bedtime.
Try to nap at the same time every day; mid-afternoon is the best time for most people.
Avoid sleeping pills, or use them conservatively. Most doctors avoid prescribing sleeping pills for periods longer than three weeks. Do not drink alcohol while taking sleeping pills.
Q: Snoring is completely normal, right?
A: Wrong. Snoring may be a symptom of sleep apnea, a serious disorder which causes 10- to 100- second pauses in breathing during sleep. Episodes can occur several times a night and often cause loud snoring, choking and gasping as sufferers struggle to breathe again.
Q: I’m sleepy all the time. Why?
A: You might have narcolepsy. People with this disorder have difficulty remaining alert and awake during daily activities. These irresistible urges to sleep are likely to first appear in your teens and early twenties.
Q: What causes insomnia?
A:Different things for different people. Insomnia, a chronic inability to fall or stay asleep, can start with a stressful or emotional situation, but can persist even after that situation is resolved. A variety of
medical ailments can also lead to disrupted sleep and insomnia.
Sleep disorders are recognized medical conditions that are covered by many insurance companies. Since insurance varies, check with your provider regarding your specific plan.
DO YOU HAVE PERSISTENT PROBLEMS WITH...
Falling asleep? Y N
Staying asleep at night? Y N
Staying awake during the day? Y N
Snoring excessively? Y N
Breathing disturbances? Y N
If you answered “yes” to any of these, you could benefit from the Camden Clark Sleep Center. Research shows that an adequate amount of sleep is essential for good health. Most people fall asleep at night with ease and wake up refreshed for the next day, but approximately 20% of the general population suffers from some form of sleep disorder.
For additional information on sleep disorders or to schedule a study, contact us at (304) 424-4614.
Drs. Barry Louden, Michael Morehead and Scott
Sole are all Board Certified in Sleep Medicine and have privileges in the Sleep Center. Both Sleep Center technicians are Respiratory Therapists and one is a Registered Polysonographic Technologist.
The Sleep Center evaluates and treats all sleep disturbances, including the following conditions and symptoms:
Sleep-wake schedule disorders
REM sleep behavior disorders
Restless leg syndrome
Sleep disorders in the elderly and children
Testing of children ages 5 years old and up
Scheduling sleep studies 7 days a week to meet the needs of our patients and physicians
Expanded sleep rooms
Day studies Monday-Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
The Sleep Center of Camden Clark Medical Center is state-of-the-art and includes sleeping rooms with double beds, just like the comfort you would experience in your bedroom at home. Patients typically arrive at 9:30 pm and are given the freedom to watch television, eat dinner, read whatever their typical nighttime activities are. Our goal is to simulate a normal evening at home as closely as possible. The Sleep Center staff explains the process the patient will be going through, sensors are applied to the patient and it’s lights out around 10 pm. The technicians remain outside the room at a monitoring station.
The Sleep Center rooms are monitored by closed circuit television and microphones to assure that all sleep-related activity is seen and recorded for complete evaluation. The sleep study is painless. A specially trained technologist will apply sensors to the head, face, chest, abdomen and legs. State-of-the-art equipment monitors brain waves, eye movements, breathing, blood oxygen levels, heart rate and muscle activity during sleep. These functions can be normal while the individual is awake, but abnormal during sleep. The referring physician will receive a complete sleep report, which defines and diagnoses the sleep-related problem and includes a recommended treatment plan. The Sleep Center of Camden Clark is capable of monitoring adults and children ages five and up.