A good night’s sleep can greatly contribute to daytime productivity
and overall quality of life. Unfortunately, millions of Americans suffer
from sleep-related problems. Sleep deprivation is often dismissed as being
a trivial concern; but in fact, it can lead to serious health consequences.
Just as a patient with a heart condition should seek cardiac care, so
too should a person with a
sleep disorder get the help he or she needs to overcome sleep-related challenges.
Occasional snoring isn’t generally a cause for concern. However,
frequently snoring loudly enough to wake others up may be an indicator
of sleep apnea. Other possible symptoms of sleep apnea could include headache
in the morning, excessive daytime sleepiness, and attention problems.
Sometimes, a partner of a person with sleep apnea may witness periodic
breathing cessation and abrupt awakenings.
Excessive daytime sleepiness may be caused by an insufficient amount of
sleep or poor sleep quality. It may also be caused by irregular sleep
schedules, such as those caused by shift work or night classes. Without
treatment, daytime sleepiness can lead to complications such as poor productivity
at work or even motor vehicle accidents caused by falling asleep at the wheel.
Many patients seek help at a sleep disorders center because they find themselves
tossing and turning at night, unable to get to sleep. Insomnia is a common
sleep disorder that may also involve
frequent awakenings during the night. Some people experience a combination of these two problems.
Sleep-disruptive behaviors are another possible indicator of a sleep disorder.
These are known as parasomnias and while they are more common in children,
they may also affect some adults. An example of a sleep-disruptive behavior
is sleepwalking. Individuals who notice that they have unexplained bruises
or that they wake up in unusual places may suffer from sleepwalking.
The highly trained healthcare providers at the Sleep Disorders Center of
Westside Regional Medical Center are dedicated to helping patients throughout Broward County overcome their
sleep disorders. At our community hospital, you’ll also find comprehensive
stroke care, emergency care, rehabilitation therapy, and pediatric care
near Plantation, FL. To request a referral to a healthcare specialist,
contact our Consult-A-Nurse line at (954) 722-9933.