The amount and quality of sleep you get does more than just affect how you feel the next day. Poor sleep has been linked to memory loss, hypertension and a higher risk for stroke, heart problems, obesity and depression. One third of American adults experience a sleep disorder. If you think you may have a sleep disorder, Upland Hills Health Sleep Disorders Center can help. Our team of physicians and polysomnographic technologists will identify your problem and offer possible treatment plans.
Symptoms of a Sleep Disorder
Sleep Apnea & Snoring
Sleep apnea is a condition where breathing actually stops for up to two minutes at a time—often as many as 100 to 500 times a night. Signs and symptoms of Sleep Apnea include: periods of non-breathing during sleep, insomnia, excessive snoring, dry mouth, nausea, headaches in the morning, irritability and bed wetting.
Possible Treatment: weight loss, avoid alcohol and sleeping pills, wear a breathing device at night, undergo surgery.
Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS)
RLS creates unpleasant itchy or "creepy-crawling" sensations that usually occur in the legs while sitting or lying still—especially in the evening or at bedtime. Those afflicted RLS report that the uncomfortable feelings are temporarily relieved by stretching or moving the legs which prevents them from falling asleep.
Possible treatment: Find and treat underlying cause.
Periodic Limb Movement Disorder (PLMD)
PLMD is limb movements exhibited during sleep rather than while awake and usually occur in the legs but may also affect the arms. Observers describe them as a "jerk" or "kick". These jerks or kicks may cause arousals and disrupt a person's sleep (restless sleep) or your bed partner's sleep.
Difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, waking too early in the morning or not feeling refreshed when you wake are all symptoms of insomnia. It may be caused by anxiety, depression, altered sleep patterns, breathing disturbances, or pain.
Possible Treatment: Modify behavior through stress-reducing programs, counseling, increasing relaxation and recreation time, and medication.
Overwhelming desire to sleep at inappropriate times or ability to fall asleep almost anywhere with out control.
Signs include excessive sleep, muscle weakness, terrifying dreams, feeling paralyzed when falling asleep or waking with strong emotions.
Possible treatment: Medication
A sleep study is a painless diagnostic test. You will be asked to spend the night at Upland Hills Health—in one of our comfortable, hotel-like sleep study suites. You will be monitored at all times by a polysomnographic (sleep study) technologist. Your breathing, heart rhythm, brain waves, leg movements and oxygen concentration will all be monitored using a series of electrodes.
Talk to your doctor to discuss a possible sleep disorder or call the Upland Hills Health Heart, Lung & Sleep Center for more information. Since sleep disorders are relatively common, many health insurance policies cover the cost of diagnosis and treatment. Our trained staff will be happy to assist you in arranging pre-authorization with your insurance company.