The sleep Center at Eastern Oklahoma Medical Center specializes in helping patients who may have sleep disorders. The center is designed to be as comfortable as possible for patients who stay overnight so a sleep technician can monitor their sleep habits and record information for physicians to review for follow up treatment and recommendations.
Good sleep is important for good health. According to the National Sleep Foundation, 65% of Americans report that they do not get enough sleep (most adults need 6 to 8 hours). Sleep disorders are not just annoyances; they are serious health problems because they cause the oxygen content of the blood to drop to dangerously low levels, depriving the body and vital organs of oxygen.
These negative effects can lead to poor job productivity and are contributing factors in motor vehicle accidents, weight gain, heart attacks, strokes, high blood pressure, colds and flu, just to name a few.
Sleep Disorders can strain emotions, family and job relationships, social encounters and lead to greater health problems if left untreated. Those with sleep problems may think or move more slowly, make more mistakes or have memory difficulties.
Think of your body like a factory that performs a number of vital functions. As you drift off to sleep, your body begins its night-shift work:
- Healing damaged cells
- Boosting your immune system
- Recovering from the day’s activities
- Recharging your heart and cardiovascular system for the next day
We all know the value of sleeping well, and we’ve all experienced the feeling of being refreshed after a good night’s sleep-and the feeling of fatigue after a poor night’s sleep. But even though we know this, in our busy society, many of us are not getting the quality sleep needed to truly receive the health benefits of sleep.
Snoring and Sleep Apnea are linked at an alarming rate- 1 in 3 men and approximately 1 in 5 women are habitual snorers suffer from some degree of obstructive sleep apnea. Sleep Apnea prevents you
from getting the healthy sleep you need to lead a refreshed, energetic life. It has also been linked to a number of other health condition like type 2 diabetes, obesity, heart failure and hypertension. So regardless of what is specifically causing snoring for you. If you snore- or if you suspect you snore-consider it a sign that something might not be right.
There are 3 types of sleep apnea:
- Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) – This occurs when enlarged and/or relaxed throat muscles obstruct your upper airway, blocking air from entering and leaving your lungs.
- Central Sleep Apnea (CSA)- This occurs when the brain stops signaling for the body to breathe until it detects a lack of oxygen and/or a heightened level of carbon dioxide that needs to be exhaled.
- Complex Sleep Apnea – (CompSA) is a combination of both. Eventually your brain senses that you’ve stopped breathing and causes you to wake up just enough to gasp and start breathing again.