Do any of these factors apply to you?
- Excessive daytime sleepiness
- Complaints about your sleeping habits
- Snoring that interrupts your daily life
- Waking with a dry mouth and tongue
If you answered yes, you may want to talk to your health physician about a sleep study. A sleep study, also known as a polysomnography, determines how well you sleep and how your body responds to problems in your sleep. Prairie Lakes Healthcare System offers this service and is accredited for sleep studies by the Accreditation Commission for Health Care.
Why Are Sleep Studies Important?
You know that sleep issues can cause problems during your daily life, but did you know unresolved sleep issues can lead to serious health implications? For instance, if you have untreated sleep apnea, your body is being deprived of vital oxygen needed to run your organs. Oxygen deprivation can put stress on these organs, which raises your risk for heart disease, high blood pressure and stroke. Sleep studies can diagnose many sleep problems, such as sleep apnea, narcolepsy, restless leg syndrome, sleep deprivation and periodic limb movement disorder. Once diagnosed, the problems can be treated - which means an improved quality of life for you.