Guidelines recommend adults get 7 to 9 hours of sleep per night. Sleep disorders impact millions of people across the country. DCND has highly-qualified neurologists who specialize in sleep medicine. They diagnose and treat a variety of issues including Insomnia, Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS), and Sleep Apnea. Our neurologists work closely with Kettering Health Network’s sleep centers.
When to See a Doctor
Millions of people have sleep related issues and it can impact your daily life. If you have trouble falling asleep, maintaining sleep, wake up earlier than you want, or don’t feel rested after sleep, it’s time to see a doctor.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea– this occurs when the airway at the back of the throat becomes blocked. This causes temporary lapses in breathing. This type of sleep apnea goes largely undiagnosed and impacts 2-9% of the population. It impacts men more than women.
Central Sleep Apnea– this occurs when there is a problem with the brain’s ability to control muscles that help you breath. This can cause shallow and slower breathing. This type of sleep apnea is less common and impacts men more than women.
Mixed Sleep Apnea- this occurs when a patient has obstructive and central sleep apnea.
Sleep Apnea Symptoms
Many of these symptoms are caused by lack of sleep or decreased oxygen during sleep.
- Disrupted breathing or short periods of time where you stop breathing during sleep.
- Daytime sleepiness
- Morning headaches
- Limited attention span
Additional obstructive symptoms:
- Dry mouth or sore throat in the morning
- Frequent bathroom breaks at night
- Snoring especially if it involves gasping, snorting or choking.
More information can be found here.
Healthy Sleep Tips
- Make your bedroom a place of relaxation and comfort.
- Try to make your room as dark as possible by using black out curtains or a sleep mask.
- Make sure your bedding is comfortable.
- Adjust your room’s temperature to be comfortable. Many studies suggest sleeping at a cooler temperature of 65 degrees.
- Set a fixed wake-up time.
- Try to get recommended amount of sleep per night which is usually between 7 and 9 hours.
- Avoid long and late naps. The best naps are around 20 minutes after lunch.
- Craft a pre-bed routine which includes disconnecting from electronic devices, unwinding for 30 minutes before sleep and turning down the lights.
- Limit caffeine intake especially later in the day.
- Limit alcohol intake.
- Avoid eating late at night.
- Keep your bed reserved for sleep and sex only.
- Don’t stew in bed. If you’ve tried to fall asleep for at least 20 minutes, get up and do something relaxing. Return back to bed when you feel tired.
- Start a sleep diary.
- Practice a mindfulness meditation to promote relaxation.
Information obtained from: Sleep Foundation.org
More healthy sleep tips can be found here.
.A sleep study is an overnight exam that allows your doctor to see what’s going on inside your brain and body while you sleep. This study usually involves an overnight stay at a sleep center where an EEG monitors your sleep stages and cycles. The study measures oxygen levels, eye movements, heart and breathing rate, snoring and overall body movements.
At Dayton Center for Neurological Disorder, we are always striving to improve our patient’s health by staying current in both our techniques and diagnostic equipment. We also have a home sleep study testing device that allows you, the patient, to have your sleep studied in the comfort of your home. This technology is called Apnea Link. Please note, it may not be a suitable option for every patient.
To see how it works click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=awa4z2fFn7A
Your provider may recommend a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure Therapy (CPAP) machine for obstructive sleep apnea. This helps the airway from closing during sleep.
Conditions Affected by Poor Sleep
- Chronic fatigue
- Heart attack
- Cognitive impairment
- Car accidents
- Decreased concentration
- Job performance
- Erectile dysfunction
- Weight gain
- Acid reflux
- Irregular heart rhythm
Why snoring is not normal
What You Need to Know About Your Appointment
Thank you for giving us the opportunity to care for you or your family. We are the regions top provider in patient services caring for spinal, brain and neurological disorders. DCND is accepting new patients on a referral basis only. Please contact your primary care physician or another specialist to request a referral to our office. They can do that through their Electronic Health Record System or they can fax us at 937-439-5462. Our physicians see patients by appointment only at several locations.
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