|Do you have trouble sleeping at night, constantly feel tired, fall asleep uncontrollably, get sleepy during the day or snore loudly? Then you may have a sleeping disorder!
Sleep Lab Services at Unicoi County Memorial Hospital, Inc., through contracted services with REM Center for Sleep, provides diagnostic services for patients with all types of sleep disorders. Disorders evaluated include snoring, obstructive sleep apnea, insomnia, narcolepsy, restless legs syndrome, sleepwalking, nightmares etc.
Signs and symptoms that you may have a sleep disorder include:
- Loud snoring
- Snore loudly and stop breathing when you sleep
- Morning headaches
- Get so sleepy during the daytime that you need to take a nap or lie down to rest even though you had plenty of sleep
- Dry mouth upon awakening
- Fall asleep while driving
- Fall asleep easily at inappropriate times or are chronically fatigued
- Get sleepy during certain times of the day but have trouble sleeping at night
- Your legs feel restless when you try to sleep, feel a creeping, crawling or stinging sensation in your legs: you may need to rub or move your legs frequently when you try to sleep
- You awaken frequently when you try to sleep, restless sleep or insomnia
- Have violent movements during your sleep
- Chest retraction during sleep in young children (chest pulls in)
- Overweight or rapid weight gain
- High blood pressure
- Confusion upon awakening
- Difficulty concentrating
- Nocturnal snorting, gasping, choking (may wake self up)
If you have any of these signs or symptoms you should contact your physician! If your body is not getting the rest you need this can have a negative impact upon your overall health.
Sleep studies, also known as a polysomnogram (polysomnography), is a test that records the physical state during the varying stages of sleep and wakefulness. This data can be invaluable to the physician evaluating sleep related complaints, identifying the specific sleep stages of difficulties, brain electrical activity, cardiac related activities, muscle activity, snoring issues and overall sleep behavior.
Want to schedule a sleep study? Call REM Center for Sleep at: 423-743-2330
If you are concerned you may have a sleep disorder you might be interested in taking the Epworth Sleepiness Scale. Please read the following and select the link below. You can print the results to take to your physician for further evaluation.
* Please note: Please read the disclaimer before proceeding. We assume no liability for the outcomes of the evaluation, and you by using this test, assume all responsibility contained herein. If you believe you might have a sleep disorder / sleep apnea you should contact your physician.
It is important to remember that aging, diet, lifestyle changes as well as a wide range of medical conditions can diminish the quality of your sleep over time.