Do you find yourself daydreaming about a good night’s sleep? If so, you’re not alone. Most Americans suffer from some sort of sleep deprivation, which can affect lives in bigger ways than having to stifle a yawn. “Sleep is essential to life,” says Krystle Ramos, provider and community liaison for Innovative Sleep Centers, a network of nine sleep centers including one at 954 Anderson Drive, Suite 101A in Aberdeen.
“More than 50 million Americans suffer from sleep disorders and many more go undiagnosed,” she continues. “1 in 3 adults report snoring, 30 percent report insomnia and 38 percent say they struggle with daytime sleepiness. Most of America has sleep deprivation of some kind and it affects many aspects of our daily lives.”
Sleep deprivation has been linked to behavioral issues such as depression and anxiety, physical issues such as hypertension, diabetes, weight gain and more. In addition, sleep deprivation increases our risk for accidents because of the lack of working memory and attention, Ramos says.
With one-third of our life spent sleeping, both the quantity and quality of sleep is critical to maintaining health.
“Restorative sleep allows the body to regulate hormones and healing,” Ramos says. “A lack of it can throw off glucose levels and metabolism, causing weight gain among other things.”
For people who wake up unrefreshed or have trouble getting to sleep or staying asleep, a consultation with a sleep medicine provider could make a life-changing difference.
“We offer a myriad of ways to help, from helping identify habits that are interfering with a good night’s sleep, to providing a variety of testing options including at-home or in-clinic sleep tests to recognizing if an oral appliance or surgery would solve the problem,” Ramos explains.
The good news is that a consultation with the providers trained in sleep medicine will help determine the best options for your issue, she said.
Do I Have Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea, a condition in which sufferers actually stop breathing for short periods while they sleep, is one of the sleep conditions that can be treated at Innovative Sleep Centers.
A simple, four-question, interactive survey to help determine if you may have sleep apnea can be found on the Innovative Sleep Center website. Here are the basic questions:
- Do you Snore loudly?
- Do you often feel Tired, fatigued or sleeping during the day?
- Has anyone ever Observed you stop breathing, gasping or choking during your sleep?
- Do you have or are you being treated for high blood Pressure?
While this so-called STOP questionnaire is a first-step in determining if you are at risk for sleep apnea, the physician assistants and nurse practitioners who work with medical director, Dr. Mehrdad Razavi at the nine Innovative Sleep Centers locations deal with many other sleeping disorders as well.
“If you wake up feeling unrefreshed, if you have a difficult time falling or staying asleep, you should come in for a consultation,” she says. “We are committed to a long term relationship with our patients to diagnose and correctly treat their sleep disorder. We work with patients after their initial overnight study to ensure they are on the optimal therapy for their conditions. Sometimes that requires coming in for an overnight therapy trial because when it comes to sleep issues, there are no ‘blanket’ treatments.’”
CPAP (continuous positive air pressure) therapy is still the gold standard for sleep apnea, but nowadays, there are many mask options, Ramos says, including small nasal pillows, softer silicone mask options and even custom oral appliances. “Our patient CPAP compliance rates are way above the national average because we’re interested in their long-term success,” she adds. “Communication is key. It can be truly life-changing when patients finally get good, restorative sleep and that’s our goal.”
Sleep Hygiene Tips
Even if you don’t think you need a sleep consultation, Innovative Sleep Centers wants to see more people getting a better night’s sleep. The following “sleep hygiene” tips will help you have a healthier, more restorative, sleep:
Keep a quiet, dark, cool bedroom.
- Limit total caffeine consumption and have no caffeine after 2 p.m.
- Exercise during the day to promote sleep. However, avoid strenuous exercise within 3 hours of bedtime.
- Avoid alcohol within 3 hours of bedtime.
- Avoid heavy meals late in the evening.
- Turn off laptops and smart phones at least 30 minutes before bed.
The clinics welcome calls to determine what an individual’s insurance might cover. “Many times you can come right in for the consultation without a referral,” Ramos says. “Either way, we will handle any pre-authorization needed from your insurance company to complete testing and treatment. Just give us a call so we can answer any insurance-related questions you may have.”
For more good sleeping tips, visit the Innovative Sleep Centers website. To make an appointment or if you have questions, call 360-612-3069.