Treating Sleep in Cushing
Few people say they wake every morning feeling rested and energetic for the day ahead. Across the country, an estimated 60 percent of Americans report having difficulty sleep soundly at night and 40 million Americans suffer from a sleep disorder. Sleep in Cushing in much like the rest of the country and Oklahoma Heart Institute is working to solve sleep problems for patients, not only so they can get a good night’s rest, but improve their short-term and long-term health.
Untreated sleep disorders can have a dramatic impact on your health, including increasing your risk for developing heart disease, diabetes, depression, and suffering a stroke. Severe cases of sleep disorders can even lead to death. However, since it is easy to assume we are a sleepy country, patients may not tell their doctor about their difficulty falling or staying asleep and let symptoms continue.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms consistently, you should talk to your primary care physician.
• Persistent loud snoring
• Trouble falling asleep
• Restless sleep
• Daytime sleepiness
• Kicking during sleep
• Frequent nighttime urination
• Gasping for breath during sleep
The amount of good, quality sleep we require varies from person to person. However, true sleep disturbances inhibit quality sleep regardless of how much sleep you think you need. Patients with sleep apnea, for example, can wake dozens of times in one hour, restricting them from reaching deep stages of sleep at any point throughout the night.
If your physician recommends a sleep study or an initial consultation at Oklahoma Heart Institute Sleep Care of Hillcrest Hospital Cushing, Dr. Jana Loveless will explain how the process works. During the sleep study, a sleep specialist will monitor your activity throughout the night including, sleep patterns, brain waves, eye movements, breathing, oxygen levels, heart rate, muscle activity. Dr. Loveless will then review the results with you, diagnosis a sleep disorder if you have one and may recommend therapies including a CPAP machine. Regular follow up will help ensure your sleep disorder is properly managed.
The Oklahoma Heart Institute Sleep Care lab is located on the first floor of Hillcrest Hospital Cushing and is furnished with two, fully-equipped rooms with state-of-the-art sleep technology.