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Sleep is essential to health and well-being, yet many Americans have trouble getting a good night's rest. If the occasional sleepless night, groggy morning or head-bobbing day becomes an ongoing problem, the culprit may be a sleep disorder.

Lack of restful sleep can make even the simplest tasks more difficult, causing:

  • Memory loss
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Irritability
  • Depression
  • Poor job performance
  • Relationship issues

Sleep disorders can also be life-threatening because they create a greater risk of obesity, high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke and diabetes.

Did you know?
Fifty to 70 million U.S. adults have some type of sleep or wakefulness disorder; 40 million adults are undiagnosed.
Source: The National Sleep Foundation

Sleep Studies Detect Common Disorders
Most sleep disorders can be managed if properly diagnosed and treated. Lutheran Hospital's experienced sleep center staff - physician, sleep technologists and respiratory therapists - can help determine the cause of a sleep disorder, its effects on daily living and how to treat it.

The most common sleep disorders identified through sleep studies are:

  • Chronic insomnia: The inability to fall asleep or remain asleep. This may be caused by depression, stress, restless legs syndrome, sleep apnea, periodic limb movements or the misuse of sleeping aids.
  • Sleep apnea: Causes a person to stop breathing frequently throughout the night. Loud snoring and excessive daytime sleepiness are symptoms of sleep apnea.
  • Narcolepsy: Causes a person to feel excessively sleepy or to fall asleep suddenly during the day, often at inappropriate times.
  • Restless legs syndrome: Creates a "crawling" sensation in the legs when the patient lies down to sleep, but disappears once the legs move.
  • Periodic limb movements : Causes the arms and legs to jerk repeatedly during sleep, resulting in a tired feeling in the morning. Most people are not aware of their repeated limb movements.
  • Sleepwalking: May cause a person to get out of bed and walk without full consciousness.

For additional information or to schedule a sleep study, call Lutheran Hospital's Sleep Disorders Center at (260) 435-7403.