Importance of Sleep for Adults and Children
Millions of American adults are suffering with sleep disorders from insomnia ro restless legs syndrome and more. Sleep disorders encompass any problems with sleeping, including trouble falling or staying asleep, falling asleep at the wrong times, too much sleep, or abnormal behaviors during sleep. There are more than 100 different sleep disorders and waking disorders.
Why is sleep so important?
Sleep plays a vital role in good health and well-being throughout your life. Getting enough quality sleep at the right times can help protect your mental health, physical health, quality of life and safety. The way you feel while you're awake depends in part on what happens while you're sleeping. During sleep, your body is working to support healthy brain function and maintain your physical health The damage from sleep deficiency can occur in an instant (such as a car crash), or it can harm you over time. For example, ongoing sleep disorders can raise your risk for some chronic health problems. It also can affect how well you think, react, work, learn and get along with others.
A brief overview of sleep disorders
Sleep is not just resting or taking a break from busy routines. It is essential to your physical and emotional health, and should be a regular part of your healthy routine. Adequate sleep may also play a role in helping your body recover from illness and injury. Inadequate sleep routines or untreated sleep disorders over a period of time are associated with obesity, diabetes, heart disease and depression.
The emotional and mental benefits of regular, restful sleep are also significant. Even occasional sleep problems or temporary sleep disorders can make daily life feel more stressful and less productive. Some people with chronic insomnia, for example, are more likely to develop psychiatric problems. In a recent survey, those who said they had trouble getting enough sleep reported impaired ability to perform tasks involving:
• Logical reasoning
• Mathematical calculation
Advanced care for sleep disorders in Pasadena
Sleep disorders are basically problems with sleeping. Sleep disorders include trouble falling or staying asleep, falling asleep at the wrong times, too much sleep or abnormal behaviors during sleep. There are more than 100 different sleep disorders and waking disorders. They can be grouped into four main categories:
• Problems falling and staying asleep (insomnia)
• Problems staying awake (excessive daytime sleepiness)
• Problems sticking to a regular sleep schedule (sleep rhythm problem)
• Unusual behaviors during sleep (sleep-disruptive behaviors such as restless legs, etc.)
Sleep problems and sleep disorders tend to increase with age. Drowsy drivers of all ages take the blame for at least 100,000 police-reported automobile crashes in the U.S. annually. At least 40 million Americans report having sleep difficulties.
Sleep Lab Studies
What is a sleep study? A sleep study, also called a polysomnogram, is a procedure that monitors bodily functions such as brain waves, heart rate, leg movements and breathing patterns during sleep. The patient is monitored by a sleep technician all night long to determine any problems that occur during the patient’s sleep.
One type of sleep study is a diagnostic study used to evaluate whether you have one or more of several sleep disorders. The other is a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) study performed to determine the ideal airway pressure settings for patients who may be treated with CPAP for sleep apnea. We utilize the same tests to diagnose and rule out sleep disorders in adults or children. Children are more likely to displace sleep sensors during the night, so we prefer to utilize an in office sleep study. Our office is designed to allow parents to accompany their children during the sleep study. Each test will vary depending on the individual case, but some measurements taken may include:
• Brain waves (EEG test)
• Limb movement (EMG test)
• Heart rate (ECG)
• Blood oxygen levels (SpO2)
• Video recording (body movements recorded throughout the night)