More than 60 percent of Americans experience problems sleeping at least a few nights each month, with 41 percent reporting sleep difficulties every night or almost every night, according to a March 2009 study by the National Sleep Foundation (NSF). This study also shows that one in five of us consistently gets less than six hours of sleep per night. Insufficient sleep diminishes a person's judgment and performance, lowers the quality of life, increases the likelihood of accidents, and heightens the risk for a variety of major illnesses, including cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and obesity.
Of the 64 percent of Americans reporting sleep difficulties in the NSF study, only half had discussed their sleep problems with a healthcare professional. Of those seeking help, 42 percent were diagnosed with a sleep disorder. With proper diagnosis and treatment, individuals with sleeping difficulties can return to full, restful, regular sleep patterns, thus improving their health and quality of life.
The Logan Regional Hospital Sleep Disorders Center Can Help
Our sleep disorders center provides the latest testing services for all major sleep disorders, including insomnia, sleep apnea, restless legs syndrome, narcolepsy, and others.
A neurologist interprets sleep studies and a registered polysomnographic technologist oversees the testing procedures. Study results are generated and scored locally at the center. Appointments for nighttime sleep studies are available seven nights a week, except holidays. In addition, the center offers daytime clinic appointments, where patients may consult with and be evaluated by a neurologist.
Talk with your doctor, or call (435) 716-5709 to schedule an appointment and for more information.