Do you toss and turn all night? Do you wake up feeling like you haven’t slept at all? Do you have dark circles under your eyes and doze off at work? If so, it may be time for you to look at what’s going on with your sleep cycle.
Proper sleep plays a vital role in overall well-being. Most people need eight hours of quality sleep to function well. An occasional bad night of sleep is common. But several sleepless nights in a row can spell trouble.
Did you know that poor sleep can negatively impact your appearance, your immune system, and even the way your brain performs? It can also slow your metabolism and increase your risk of depression and cancer.
A sleep study, now offered through LifeBrite Community Hospital of Early, can help determine what’s keeping you from getting the rest you need.
What is a sleep study?
A sleep study, also called a polysomnogram, is an overnight diagnostic test that allows doctors to monitor your brain and body while you sleep. Patients usually spend the night in a sleep lab or hospital.
While you sleep, an electroencephalogram (EEG) monitors your sleep stages (REM sleep, non-REM sleep) for disruptions and patterns. The study also measures eye movements, heart and breathing rates, snoring and body movement.
Who needs a sleep study?
According to the National Sleep Foundation, sleep studies can help diagnose sleep disorders such as:
- Sleep apnea, a sleep disorder in which breathing is briefly and repeatedly interrupted during sleep.
- Restless leg syndrome, a sleep-related movement disorder characterized by overwhelming and unpleasant urges to move the legs while at rest.
- Shift work disorder, a condition affecting people whose wake and sleep pattern is out of sync with the body’s biological clock.
- Narcolepsy, a disorder with symptoms that include excessive sleepiness, sleep paralysis, hallucinations and, in some cases, sudden loss of muscle control.
Sleep Study At LifeBrite Community Hospital of Early
If you suffer from excessive daytime sleepiness, dry mouth, loud snoring, mood swings and headaches, call LifeBrite to learn more about sleep studies.
Atlanta-based LifeBrite, led by CEO Christian Fletcher, operates LifeBrite Laboratories and LifeBrite Community Hospital of Stokes. To learn more about Lifebrite Community Hospital of Early, visit our homepage.