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 McKay-Dee Hospital Sleep Center Can Help
Have you been told that you snore? Do you wake up often with a headache? Have you gained weight? Have friends or family said they have noticed changes in your personality? Have you been told that you stop breathing while you sleep? Do you feel sleepy during the day, even though you slept through the night? Have you fallen asleep while driving? If you have answered yes to any of these questions, you may be showing signs of having a sleeping problem.
Most sleep problems can be treated and some even cured with expert evaluation and appropriate treatment. The Sleep Disorders Center at McKay-Dee Hospital utilizes the latest technology in diagnosing and treating sleep/wake disorders.
Talk with your doctor, or call (801) 387-2700 to schedule an appointment and get more information.