Posted on Monday, March 18th, 2019 at 6:50 pm
Most of us don’t realize how important sleep is to virtually every aspect of our health. New studies are showing that sleep not only affects the energy we feel each day, it also affects our metabolism, hormone levels, body composition, and mental health.
Understanding how important sleep is should motivate those suffering from a sleep disorder to seek treatment, but it doesn’t often overcome the reluctance many feel to sleeping in an unfamiliar bed at a clinic where they are observed. If you fall into this category, you need to know about the exciting new option of home sleep studies.
Home Sleep Testing v. Clinic Sleep Study
Home sleep testing requires less money and time than a traditional sleep study in a clinic. In the comfort of your home, you can simply wear a medical device that tracks your breathing and other vital signs throughout the night as you sleep.
Rather than spending an entire night at a clinic, you simply pick up the equipment at your convenience and then put it on at night when you are ready to sleep. In the morning, you follow the instructions on the equipment to submit the data collected during the night. Doctors may ask you to wear it two nights in a row to confirm the results, but they will be able to evaluate the data quickly and diagnose what is causing your lack of quality sleep.
Is Home Sleep Testing Right For You?
Home sleep testing is most effective for determining if someone suffers from sleep apnea. If you have any of the following symptoms on a regular basis, you may have OSA (obstructive sleep apnea):
- Loud, disruptive snoring
- The tendency to awake in the night, gasping for air
- Dry mouth when you wake up in the morning
- A feeling of being tired, distracted, and irritable even after a full night’s sleep
OSA is a serious condition in which a person’s breathing essentially stops multiple times during sleep cycles, depriving the brain of oxygen and preventing a person from entering the REM stage of sleep needed to feel fully rested. If you think you suffer from OSA, a home sleep study may be able to help you get your health back on track. Ask your doctor today if it’s right for you.
Are you considering at-home sleep testing? Contact Dr. Clifford Brown and the experienced team at Silent Night Therapy to discuss your options and get a test scheduled. Call us at (631) 983-2463 or reach out to us online today.
Posted on Friday, March 1st, 2019 at 2:14 pm
Most of us understand the importance of getting a good night’s sleep, but far too many people fail to get adequate rest to stay healthy.
Sleep is used as the time for your body to re-configure hormonal balances and repair tired muscles. But sleep is not only crucial for your physical health! Nightly rest is also a necessity for mental and emotional health. Depression, anxiety, and other conditions are intimately related to sleep quality and length. One of the first steps in resolving these issues is finding a healthy balance of waking and sleeping hours.
World Sleep Day
This year, March 15th is World Sleep Day. This holiday is meant to celebrate the benefits of good sleep, as well as raise awareness about the dangers of poor sleep and sleep disorders. The World Sleep Society oversees the official promotion and planning for World Sleep Day, but anybody can celebrate the holiday. The only necessary products are a bed and blanket, some time to rest, and an appreciation of sleep.
World Sleep Day changes its date yearly; official criteria dictates the holiday as being the Friday before the Spring Vernal Equinox. This year’s date is March 16th, while next year will be March 13th.
Signs of Poor Sleep
You may not realize that your sleep is inadequate or harmful to your health. If you regularly experience these symptoms, consider meeting with a medical professional to discuss your options:
- Difficulty waking up
- Brain fog
- Mood swings
These and other symptoms may be indicative of serious sleep disorders, such as sleep apnea, an increasingly common sleep disorder in which a person’s breathing issues continuously interrupt sleep.
How We Can Help
World Sleep Day is just a few days away. You deserve a good night’s rest to celebrate! If you are suffering from poor sleep, you should take steps to improve it.
At Silent Night Therapy, we are intimately familiar with sleep apnea and its variations, most common of them being obstructive sleep apnea. Our custom-fitted oral appliance is measured and made for you to wear to bed and sleep better. Other solutions are available as well.
If you keep having bad nights of rest or if you have other sleep issues, expert professionals at Silent Night Therapy can help. Contact us at (631) 983-2463 for an appointment today.