Most people know that sleep, like diet and exercise, is a pillar of health and that daytime sleepiness can take a major toll on basic daily function. Unfortunately, a lot of people go about their daily lives feeling excessively sleepy without mentioning this to their doctor. In fact, a National Sleep Foundation poll found, “that less than half of people say they would talk to their doctor if they thought they had a sleep problem, and seven in ten said that their doctor had never asked them about their sleep.”
One in three people has a sleep disorder, yet, 95% of them remain undiagnosed
If you feel sleepy on a regular basis and it interferes with your productivity, your ability to think clearly, or to take care of and enjoy your family, treat this symptom seriously and talk to your doctor. If you have an upcoming well visit, you can discuss it then.
Take our sleep self-assessment
Your doctor can work with you to sort out whether your sleepiness is a result of your sleep hygiene (e.g. your schedule and sleep environment), a sleep disorder such as obstructive sleep apnea, or possibly another health condition that causes sleepiness. Your doctor will likely ask you questions about your sleep habits and review your medical history to determine if further tests and possibly even a sleep study would be beneficial.
The good news is sleep disorders can be diagnosed accurately and treated effectively.
A trip to a sleep lab is likely to be a new experience. The sleep lab at SGMC is cool comfortable and quiet. A physician referral is required for a sleep study. For sleep testing appointments, please call: 229-259-4451.
Click here for a sleep study order form. For patient instructions click here.
Sleep Studies are non-invasive procedures covered by most insurances including Medicare and Medicaid. The night of the study you will report to the sleep lab around 8:30 for your overnight stay. A specially trained sleep technician will apply small, lightweight electrodes to your skin and scalp. These electrodes are placed to monitor your muscle, brain and respiratory activity. All the data recorded during the sleep study is then reviewed by a sleep physician. The sleep physician will review this information as well as detail from your medical history and sleep behavior questionnaire to determine a diagnosis and specialized treatment plan.
We are pleased to announce our partnership with MedBridge Healthcare to provide sleep testing services. MedBridge Healthcare has a proven record of success in partnering with hospitals and healthcare systems to provide solutions for sleep program management.
For more information on sleep and sleep disorders visit: http://www.medbridgehealthcare.com/sleep-study-sleep-disorders.php