Not getting enough quality sleep can have negative effects on your health. When you aren’t getting enough sleep, you may not be able to think well. Some sleep issues, such as insomnia, can be linked to neurological disorders and sleep apnea can put you at risk for stroke. We can help diagnose and treat sleep issues.
What are sleep disorders?
Sleep disorders include a range of problems that can affect the quality of your sleep. You may have trouble breathing at night, feel an irresistible urge to move, be sleepy during the day or fall asleep during the day. You may also have an irregular sleep cycle.
Types of sleep disorders include:
- Narcolepsy – a condition of extreme sleepiness and falling asleep suddenly during the day
- Sleep apnea – experiencing abnormal breathing patterns while you sleep
- Restless legs syndrome (RLS) – an uncomfortable urge to move the legs while trying to fall asleep
- Insomnia – difficulty falling or staying asleep
- Parasomnias include nightmares, night terrors, sleep walking
- Nocturnal seizures
How are sleep disorders diagnosed?
Your doctor may order a sleep study to diagnose a sleeping issue. At Guthrie Sleep Centers, we have private rooms for overnight sleep studies. We also offer at-home studies for those who are not able to travel.
The Sleep Center diagnostic team includes respiratory therapists, registered polysomnographic technologists and polysomnographic technicians who administer and read sleep studies.
How are sleep disorders treated?
Depending on your issue, you may be referred to a neurologist or pulmonologist for treatment.
For sleep disorders related to breathing, we offer several treatment options:
- CPAP/Bi-PAP machines help you sleep normally if you have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) by forcing open the air passages of the throat.
- Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP or UP3), somnoplasty and snorplasty are surgical procedures that either reduce or stiffen the tissues of the palate.
- Oral appliances - specialty devices that are designed to reduce obstruction.
Talk to your Primary Care Provider to see if a referral to the Guthrie Sleep Center is right for you.