March is National Sleep Awareness Month. Are you getting enough sleep?
Why Is Sleep Important?
- Sleep plays a vital role in good health and well-being throughout your life. Getting enough quality sleep at the correct times can help protect your mental health, physical health, quality of life, and safety.
- The way you feel while you're awake depends partly on what happens while you're sleeping. During sleep, your body supports healthy brain function and maintains your physical health.
- The damage from sleep deficiency can occur instantly, or it can harm you over time. Ongoing sleep deficiency can raise our risk for some chronic health problems. It also can affect how well you think, react, work, learn, and get along with others.
Healthy Brain Function and Emotional Well-Being
- Studies show that a good night's sleep improves learning helps you pay attention, make decisions, and be creative.
- If you are sleep deficient, you may have trouble making decisions, solving problems, controlling your emotions and behavior, and coping with change. Sleep deficiency also has been linked to depression, suicide, and risk-taking behavior.
- Sleep plays an essential role in your physical health. For example, sleep is involved in the healing and repairing of your heart and blood vessels.
- Ongoing sleep deficiency is linked to an increased risk of heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and stroke.
Daytime Performance and Safety
- Getting enough quality sleep at the correct times helps you function well throughout the day. People who are sleep deficient may take longer to finish tasks, have a slower reaction time, and make more mistakes.
- Some aren't aware of the risks of sleep deficiency and may not even realize that they're sleep deficient.
Too often, sleep problems are ignored or assumed to be psychological in origin. Better testing procedures have revealed new information on sleep-wake disturbances, resulting in greater understanding and more successful treatment.
At the Firelands Center for Sleep Disorders, sleep disorder specialists emphasize individual, personal care, with follow-up and consultation with the referring physician. Board-certified sleep disorder physicians and registered polysomnographic specialists staff the center.
Our sleep study center near you, accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, offers objective and systematic diagnosis and treatment of clinical sleep-wake disorders for persons of any age. A family physician or self-referral may refer patients.
Common Sleep problems include:
- Sleep apnea
- Restless legs syndrome
Treatment and Management
With accurate diagnosis, most sleep disorders can be effectively treated. Treatment plans vary widely from patient to patient. Some programs may include medication, while others require changes in daily habits or working conditions. When sleep apnea is present, a couple of treatment options are available to patients. The nasal CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machines use air pressure to create an air cushion at the back of the throat, allowing patients to keep breathing. The nasal CPAP may be used to diminish serious health risks, and for patients who qualify, Inspire Upper Airway Stimulation is available. Inspire therapy is the first implantable device for treating obstructive sleep apnea. In contrast to CPAP, Inspire therapy works from inside the body and with the patient's natural breathing process. Occasionally, surgical procedures can provide the most effective treatment for sleep-wake disorders.
To schedule a sleep study near you or for additional information about treatment options, call Firelands Center for Sleep Disordersat 419-557-7740 or 800-342-1177, ext. 7740.