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At Henry County Health Center’s Sleep Diagnostic Lab, our medical team can effectively diagnose and treat sleep problems.

If you think you might have a sleep disorder, first consult with your primary care physician, who will take a medical history and may do a physical exam. In some cases, your bed partner will also be interviewed. If necessary, a sleep study is done.

A sleep study is performed during your normal sleep hours. A quiet, comfortable room free of distractions is provided. Before you go to sleep, electrodes are attached to your face, scalp, chest and legs to monitor brain, nerve and muscle activity. Breathing patterns and eye movements are also monitored.

All of the information from the study is evaluated by a physician trained in sleep disorders. The physician will be able to diagnose a disorder and recommend treatment.

The diagnosis and treatment costs of most sleep disorders are covered by medical insurance. Call your health insurance company if you have questions regarding coverage.

If you believe that either you, your spouse or your child suffers from a sleep disorder, consult your physician.

For more information about sleep disorders or about our sleep lab please call 385-6104.

Henry County Health Center is accredited by Accreditation Commission for Health Care (ACHC) for compliance with a comprehensive set of national standards. By choosing a healthcare provider that has achieved ACHC accreditation, you can take comfort in knowing that you will receive the highest quality of care.

Signs of a sleep disorder

The following list contains just a few warning signs of a possible sleep disorder. Do you, your spouse or your child…

  • have a problem with snoring?
  • hold your breath while sleeping?
  • have high blood pressure?
  • have a weight problem?
  • have a neck size greater than 17?
  • have heavy night sweats?
  • wake up coughing or gasping for air?
  • struggle staying awake during the day?
  • get morning headaches?
  • fall asleep while driving?
  • experience frequent sore throats?
  • kick or jerk at night?
  • experience leg pain or cramps at night?
  • suffer from depression or a personality change?
  • have a diminished sex drive?
  • have attention deficit disorder?

A Good Night’s Rest

Most people need at least six to nine hours of sleep each night. Unfortunately, many people don’t get the sleep they need. The National Sleep Foundation reports that 40 percent of Americans report feeling so sleepy during the day that it interferes with their activities.

Lack of sleep doesn’t just make you irritable—it impairs your ability to think, make decisions and be creative. Prolonged lack of sleep can lead to significant physical problems, such as heart disease and hypertension. Sleepy drivers also cause more than 100,000 accidents a year.

If you have problems getting the rest you need, try these tips for improving sleep:

  • stop all caffeine by early afternoon
  • don’t smoke, as nicotine in tobacco may keep you awake.
  • keep bedroom cool and dark
  • do not eat or drink heavily for 3 hours before bedtime
  • Keep regular bedtime and awakening hours
  • exercise regularly, but no later than 4 hours before bed
  • learn to wind down prior to sleep
  • limit naps to less than 30 minutes

If you still have problems with sleep, see your doctor. A sleep disorder could be the cause.

Common Sleep Disorders

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)

People with sleep apnea stop breathing periodically during sleep for as long as 90 seconds. Breathing may stop up to a hundred times a night. Symptoms of sleep apnea are heavy snoring, excessive daytime sleepiness, restless sleep, nighttime gasping and choking, personality changes, impotency and morning headaches. This sleep disorder can contribute to high blood pressure and heart disease. Common problems for children with sleep apnea are bedwetting, learning disabilities such as attention deficit disorder (ADD) and behavior problems.

Insomnia

This problem is characterized by the inability to sleep and may be caused by stress, physical pain, chronic depression, misuse of sleeping pills and irregular breathing.

Narcolepsy

People suffering with this sleep disorder fall asleep unexpectedly and at any time. Muscular weakness and terrifying dreams often accompany narcolepsy.

Some other sleep problems include restless leg syndrome, sleepwalking, problems adjusting to shift work, body clock disorder and age-related changes in sleeping patterns.

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