What are sleep studies?
Sleep studies allow doctors to measure how much and how well you sleep. The also help show whether you have sleep problems and how sever they are. Sleep studies are important because untreated sleep disorders can increase your risk of high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke and other medical conditions. Sleep disorders also have been linked to an increased risk of injury due to falls and car accidents.
People usually aren't aware of their breathing and movements while sleeping. They may never think to talk to their doctors about sleep and health-related issues that may be linked to sleep problems.
What are some signs that I may need to talk to my doctor?
- Loud snoring
- Awakening yourself with your own snoring
- Waking up non refreshed and having trouble staying awake during the day
- Waking up with headaches
- Waking up during the night with the sensation of choking or gasping for breath
- Waking up sweating
- Sleeping at inappropriate times
- Sleep walking
- Talking nightmares
- Disturbing dreams
- Sleep related seizures
- Repeated movement of legs during sleep
- Dissatisfaction with the quality or amount of sleep
For more information on sleep studies at Mountain Lakes Medical Center, please call 706.782.0412.