The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) now recognizes more than 80 disorders of sleeping and waking that can harm a person’s health and quality of life and endanger public safety by contributing to traffic and industrial accidents. These disorders include problems such as falling asleep or staying awake, nightmares and many others. Some disorders may even be potentially fatal.
If you or someone you care about experiences symptoms that affect the ability to drive, hold a job, stay alert in school, perform normal daily activities or if the symptoms interfere with social activities and personal relationships, it’s time to schedule an appointment with a healthcare provider. Many patients are referred to a sleep disorders center for a sleep study (polysomnogram) to help diagnose and treat various sleep disorders. A polysomnogram is a recording that contains several types of measurements used to identify different sleep stages and classify various sleep problems.
During a typical night’s stay in the Sleep Disorders Center at Olathe Medical Center and the Sleep Disorders Lab at Miami County Medical Center, we monitor activities that occur during sleep (brain waves, muscle movements, eye movements, breathing efforts, snoring, heart rate and limb movements) by the application of electrodes. The data is scored by a registered sleep technologist and then interpreted by a board-certified sleep specialist. Flexible scheduling (day or night) to meet your needs so that you don’t have to miss work, and hotel-style rooms with private restrooms, queen-sized beds and flat-screen televisions make your stay comfortable. For more information about sleep disorders, please contact the Olathe Medical Center Sleep Disorders Center at 913-791-4282.
Having Trouble Sleeping?
You could have a sleep disorder. Answer these questions to see if you’re at risk.
___1. Do you or your partner snore?
___2. Do you or your partner occasionally stop breathing when sleeping and then make a loud snort or gasping noise to begin breathing again?
___3. Do you or your partner complain of non-restful sleep?
___4. Do you or your partner complain of daytime drowsiness?
___5. Are you or your partner irritable?
___6. Are you or your partner falling asleep while driving, at work or at another inappropriate time?
___7. Is your bed partner’s sleep disturbing your sleep?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, it’s worth taking the time to discuss your sleep with your doctor. These are all signs of sleep disorders, and could be indicators of more serious health problems