Medical studies have long demonstrated that reduced sleep or unhealthy sleep conditions cause effects within the body that extend to nearly all organ systems. Initial symptoms and their early results lead to chronic conditions including disease. Loss of healthy sleep not only causes physical and mental daily living conditions to deteriorate, but it can shorten the individual’s lifespan. Fortunately, solutions are available to offset these effects.
Having a long-running pattern of sleep loss leads to multiple conditions in a cause and effect relationship that many people ignore or simply don’t recognize. Our culture, in general, does not respect the human body’s need for adequate sleep. As a result, we encounter these conditions as well as others:
- Memory problems
- Complications affecting concentration and decision making
- Loss of coordination and balance
- Weakened immunity and resistance to disease and toxins
- Risk of heart disease
- Risk for Type II diabetes
- Increased high blood pressure
- Poor nutrition and weight gain
The good news is how many centers for sleep studies and sleep therapy have been organized for diagnosing and treating poor sleep conditions. Medical observation of a client’s sleep patterns in a sleep clinic will reveal such conditions as:
- Non-REM sleep disorders
- REM sleep disorders
- Medication side effects
- Breathing issues
- Circadian-rhythm disruptions
- Restless Leg syndrome
Sleep studies are also known as polysomnograms. They involve a patient sleeping at a sleep study center so that their sleep patterns can be observed and symptoms diagnosed. During the study, electronic data, as well as a video recording of the subject, will provide information on external and internal causes of poor sleep. Restless Leg Syndrome is easily observable, for instance, while brain conditions are not.
What A Sleep Study Looks Like
The client sleeps in a private room with measuring equipment available that looks worse than it is. These devices may include an electroencephalogram (EEG), electrocardiogram (EKG), electromyogram (EMG), and an electrooculogram (EOG). The comfort and safety of the client are essential to successful testing, so patients don’t need to worry. The individual will have surface electrodes attached by adhesives to their arms and legs, scalp, face, and chest. These measure brain activity, heart rate, and blood pressure.
Daytime evaluations measure the level of tiredness and how it affects the sufferer. Night-time evaluations last from a partial night sleep study to multiple nights as conditions are observed and data collected. A specialist will then examine the data and draw conclusions from it that lead to a treatment plan. Sleep studies may affirm a patient’s suspicions about their sleep health or expose poor health causes they were completely unaware of.
Therapy may include changes to the behavior of the individual suffering from sleep disorders. From dietary habits to exercise routines and emotional well-being, clients learn how to improve their mindset and build a healthier overall lifestyle.
Environmental conditions may need to be addressed. Allergies, noise and light, and temperature can affect sleep. Sufferers can learn about sleep hygiene and what they can do to implement a healthier sleep environment.
Hope For The Weary
Whether the initial cause is from a chronic lack of sleep or an underlying condition interfering with good healthy sleep, sleep studies can identify hidden sleep problems. Professionals will assist in determining the best course of action to reduce issues. The individual can then build healthier sleep patterns that result in a more restful and restorative sleep and thus thrive in their daily lives.
Valley Sleep Center has sleep studies offices in the following locations:
- Valley Sleep Center in Mesa, Arizona
- Valley Sleep Center in Glendale, Arizona
- Valley Sleep Center in Scottsdale, Arizona
- Valley Sleep Center in Phoenix, Arizona
- Valley Sleep Center in Chandler, Arizona
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