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Individuals suffering from a sleep disorder are not alone. More than 70 million people within the United States are affected by sleep problems and sleep disorders.

A sleep study can provide detailed information to help confirm a sleep disorder. It is important to be diagnosed, because sleep disorders can contribute to other diseases and conditions including afib, stroke, high blood pressure, depression, diabetes and heart disease.

Common sleep problems and sleep disorders

Many sleep disorders go unrecognized for years, leading to poor quality of life and even accidents. And some sleep problems have been linked to serious health issues, ranging from heart disease to diabetes.

Some of the most common sleep problems and sleep disorders include:

  • Insomnia
  • Snoring and sleep apnea
  • Identification of pain
  • Restless leg syndrome
  • Periodic limb movement syndrome
  • Gastroesophageal reflux/Gerd

Symptoms of sleep problems and sleep disorders

Sleep disorders can happen to men, women and children of all ages and sizes. Most people don’t realize they suffer from a sleep disorder. Often, it is a bed partner that first notices the signs.

Some common signs and symptoms of sleep problems and sleep disorders include:

  • Snoring, interrupted by pauses in breathing
  • Gasping or choking during sleep
  • Restless sleep
  • Excessive sleepiness or fatigue during the day
  • Large neck size (greater than 17 inches in men; greater than 16 inches in women)
  • Morning headache
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Frequent urination at night
  • Poor judgment or concentration
  • Irritability
  • Memory loss
  • High blood pressure
  • Obesity

Individuals who snore regularly and have one or more of these symptoms should talk to their physician to determine if a sleep disorder may be the cause.

What to expect with a visit to the Sleep Center

The Sleep Center at Calais Regional Hospital incorporates technologically advanced monitoring and diagnostic equipment. In the interest of added comfort and convenience for patients, the Sleep Center features a comfortable room with a sleep number bed, convenient parking, accessible location, very prompt scheduling and rapid turnaround of analysis and interpretation.

Monitoring equipment is placed at your bedside. Sensors are attached to your head, chest, legs and finger which are then connected to the monitoring equipment. You will experience no discomfort while these sensors are applied. The monitors will record your life signs such as brainwaves, breathing and your snoring while you sleep. This equipment is carefully designed to detect any abnormalities in your sleep patterns, even if you are unaware of having them. 

The sleep study is completely painless. Remember that the purpose of the study is to measure the way you normally sleep. If the sleep study were to be uncomfortable in any way, your doctor could not get a normal picture of your sleep patterns. Most people find that undergoing a sleep study is a new and interesting experience. When you wake up in the morning, the sleep study will be finished. The monitors will contain an entire night’s information on how you have slept. 

Following the analysis and interpretation of your sleep study by board certified specialists, the technician will send a printed report of your sleep patterns to your physician. If you have a sleep disorder, your physician will discuss the options available to help you get the sleep you need.