There are many disorders that can affect sleep, and only a physician can determine if patients may benefit from having a sleep study performed. A physician uses patient information to determine what tests may be needed.
Sleeplessness is a severe problem that can be dangerous if it goes untreated. Insomnia can lead to exhaustion, which can lead to accidents. Often, difficulty sleeping is a warning sign of an underlying health problem. People who routinely have trouble falling asleep need medical attention. Many sleep disorders such as Obstructive Sleep Apnea, Restless Legs, Periodic Limb Movement Disorder, and Narcolepsy all have symptoms of daytime tiredness. People who spend an adequate amount of time in bed at night, but still feel tired during the day, may have a sleep disorder.
Start by discussing tiredness with a physician and inform the doctor about other symptoms such as:
- Loud snoring
- Awakening gasping in the night
- Being told that you hold your breath or stop breathing
- Awakening with morning headaches
- Having high blood pressure
- Falling asleep while driving
- Frequent kicking in the night
- Aching, crawling sensations in your legs when you go to bed
- “Weak knees” or body “goes limp” when laughing or upset
Sleeping disorders qualify as medical conditions and patients need real medical solutions. St. Peter’s staff conducts extensive private and painless tests to get to the root of sleeping disorders.