Sleep is not just a “time out” from our busy routines, it is essential to our physical and emotional health. Sleep loss can impair our memory, learning, logical reasoning and contribute to strained home relationships and problems at work. In general, most healthy adults need an average of seven to nine hours of sleep a night.
The Sleep Disorders Lab at Abbeville Area Medical Center offers private rooms in a comfortable, relaxing environment. Studies are performed two nights a week by a registered polysomnography technologist and interpreted by a board-certified sleep physician.
If you experience any of the following symptoms, you may need to undergo a simple and painless sleep study:
- Daytime sleepiness
- Problems falling asleep or staying asleep
- Leg jerks during sleep
- Feeling tired after a full night’s sleep
Tips for a Good Night’s Sleep
- Avoid caffeine, nicotine and alcohol in the late afternoon and evening.
- Regular Exercise, at least three hours before bedtime so your body has time to unwind.
- Avoid taking naps during the day.
- Establish a regular, relaxing bedtime routine.
- After thirty minutes if you are having trouble falling asleep, get up and involve yourself in a relaxing activity.
Click on the names below to learn more about the different types of sleep disorders:
Advanced Sleep Phase Syndrome (ASPS)
Advanced Sleep Phase Syndrome (ASPS) sufferers go to sleep earlier than their desired clock time.
A sleep disorder during which one grinds their teeth.
Delayed Sleep Phase Syndrom (DSPS)
Delayed Sleep Phase Syndrome (DSPS) sufferers find sleep elusive for the hours after their desired clock bedtime.
The inability for one to go to sleep and/or stay asleep.
Narcolepsy is a chronic neurological disorder that causes mixed messages from the brain as when to sleep and when to stay awake; therefore, sleep interrupts awake periods and the patient falls asleep eating, talking, etc.
Periodic Limb Movement Disorder (PLMD)
Periodic Limb Movement Disorder (PLMD) disrupts sleep by leg jerks kicking every 20-40 seconds, triggering arousals, daytime sleepiness, and nighttime insomnia.
Polysomnography is the recording of sleep. During a sleep study, numerous activities such as brain activity, eye movement, nasal and oral airflow, snoring, leg movement, blood oxygen level and body position are monitored and recorded.
REM Behavior Disorder (RMD)
REM Behavior Disorder (RMD) combines dreams with movement. Most sleepers are virtually paralyzed during REM, or dreaming sleep; people with RBD do not have this motor inhibition and literally act out their dreams.
A treatable disorder in which a person stops breathing during sleep, often hundreds of times during the night. If you experience the following you may have Sleep Apnea:
- Lou, habitual snoring
- Fatigue or Daytime sleepiness
- Choking or gasping sensations during sleep
- Overweight and/or have a large neck
- High Blood Pressure
- High Blood Pressure
- Memory lapses
- Morning headaches
- Intellectual deterioration