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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the number of people who suffer from insufficient sleep has reached epidemic proportions. This is especially concerning because sleep is an indispensable biological requirement for a healthy life. It is estimated that of over 22 million Americans that are living with sleep apnea, nearly 80% of them will never be treated. The most common sleep disorder, obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), prevents the proper flow of oxygen throughout the body during sleep.
Dr. Greg Carroll is an expert in the field and can help you diagnose sleep orders. If you are one of the millions of Americans dealing with this affliction, a treatment plan can be developed for you at InStyle Sleep Solutions.
Insomnia (Lack of Sleep)
This is the sleep order that is most commonly affecting the American populace. Many times, people mistake chronic insomnia for a “bad night of sleep.” It is important for people to realize how crippling the effects of sleep deprivation can prove to be.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (Disturbed Sleep)
People who suffer from OSA can stop breathing hundreds of times within one night of sleep. These interruptions to sleep can last as long as one minute. The long-term effects caused by the lack of oxygen to the blood and brain can be very serious.
Narcolepsy (Excessive Sleepiness)
Insufficient sleep unsurprisingly can result in excessive sleepiness throughout the day. Research clearly indicates the need for 7-9 hours of good sleep each night. It has been demonstrated that even 30 minutes less than that can affect your productivity, mood, and state of alertness throughout the day.
Sleep disorders can show their ugly consequences in many different ways, but here are just a few specific ways that have been researched in Americans that are over 20 years old:
- 23% of Americans that are 20+ years old struggle with their ability to concentrate
- 18% of Americans that are 20+ years old struggle with their memory
- 13% of Americans that are 20+ years old struggle when working on hobbies
- 11% of Americans that are 20+ years old struggle when driving
- You may have a sleeping disorder if friends or colleagues make comments that you always seem overly tired.
- You may have a sleeping disorder if you regularly feel sleepy or irritable throughout the day for no apparent reason.
- You may have a sleeping disorder if you struggle with staying awake while driving or you are constantly daydreaming while driving.
- You may have a sleeping disorder if you constantly feel the urge to take a nap throughout the day.
- You may have a sleeping disorder if you struggle with concentrating on the issues at hand.
- You may have a sleeping disorder if you experience regular emotional outbursts or moodiness.
- You may have a sleeping disorder if you struggle to stay awake while watching television.
- You may have a sleeping disorder if you regularly need to drink caffeinated drinks in order to make it through the day.
- Don’t drink caffeinated drinks (like coffee, tea, or sodas) or eat foods high in refined sugar (like ice cream, pies, and chocolate) after 7:00 pm.
- Keep your bed dedicated to sleeping, relaxation, and comfort. In other words, avoid bringing your work to bed.
- Resist the urge to take a daytime nap if you are short on sleep from the night before.
- Don’t eat, read, or watch TV in bed if you struggle with going to sleep or staying asleep.
- Resist the temptation to worry about your problems once you are in bed.
- Avoid arduous physical activity within three hours of your bedtime.
- Be consistent in your schedule of bedtime and waking up.
- Don’t allow yourself to “sleep in” on the weekends and holidays.
- Get up and do something relaxing if sleep does not come to you within 15 or 20 minutes of turning off the light.
- Create a sleeping environment of a comfortable, dark, and quiet room.
- Am I so tired that I struggle to function normally throughout the day?
- Have I experienced any tingling, itching, pulling, aching, creeping, or other strange feelings in my legs while I am sitting or lying down? Do these feelings produce an overwhelming urge to walk, kick, or move in any way possible in order to provide relief?
- Has sleepiness or fatigue been persistent for over two weeks?
- Has anyone mentioned to me that I seem to have pauses in my breathing while I sleep?
- Has anyone told me that I have a snoring problem?
- Has anyone told me that I seem to gasp for breath while I am asleep?
- Do I seem to struggle with going to sleep? Is it hard to stay asleep after I have gone to sleep?
A “yes” answer to any of the questions listed above indicates that a sleep evaluation would likely be beneficial for you. Contact Dr. Greg Carroll and his staff today and schedule a sleep evaluation. A good night’s sleep may be in your near future!