Are you getting the rest you need? If not, it could be affecting your physical and mental health. Everyone has a bad night of sleep now and then. But for some people, lack of rest is caused by sleep disordered breathing (SDB).
Not only does SDB leave you tired and more prone to accidents, it could also increase your risk for cardiovascular problems, such as high blood pressure, arrhythmia, artery disease, heart failure and stroke.
Fortunately, SDB is treatable. The first step is to get an accurate diagnosis. If you're having symptoms of SDB, such as loud snoring or excessive daytime sleepiness, you may need a sleep study.
To learn more about whether a sleep study may be right for you, take this sleep assessment quiz.
The Sleep Lab at Perry County Memorial Hospital (PCMH) offers a fully equipped sleep laboratory that can diagnose SDB and is accredited by The Accreditation Commission for Health Care, Inc.
The Sleep Lab is a two-bed facility staffed by qualified registered sleep technicians. Our medical director is a pulmonologist and board-certified physician of sleep medicine, specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders. The Sleep Lab provides a very comfortable and homelike atmosphere with individual and private bedrooms that have Select Comfort beds. While you sleep, your sleeping patterns, breathing, heart rate, oxygen levels, limb movement and more are measured.
In addition to our full in-lab service, PCMH now offers the possibility of home sleep testing (HST). While HST may be more convenient, it may not be the best option for everyone. The "Gold Standard" is still a formal in-lab sleep study versus a home sleep test. Talk to your doctor about what may be the best option for you. Be sure to tell your doctor about all of the symptoms you are experiencing.
Potential candidates for HST are:
- Patients age 18 years old and up.
- Patients suspected of having NO other sleep disorders other than obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) (such as restless leg syndrome, narcolepsy, insomnia, etc).
- Patients with NO other major health issues.
- Patients that have the mobility and dexterity to use the equipment safely at home and the ability to follow instructions.
- Patients that are not oxygen dependent.
- Patients whose insurance requires an HST.
- Patients unable to be studied in a sleep laboratory.
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