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Reasons Your Doctor May Order a Sleep Study

Last updated 3 years ago

Getting good sleep is one of the most important things you can do for your health. When your sleep is disrupted, it triggers a long list of complications, including weight gain, memory loss, and depression. To ensure you’re getting the quality sleep you need, your doctor may refer you to Englewood Community Hospital for a sleep study. Here are some of the reasons why your doctor may want to take a closer look at your sleeping patterns.

Loud Snoring

Many people joke about snoring, but snoring is no laughing matter. Not only can your snoring cause your bed partner to lose valuable sleep, but it can also indicate that you have a serious problem known as sleep apnea. With sleep apnea, the airways become restricted as you sleep, causing you to stop breathing. When you stop breathing, you wake to gasp for air, before falling back to sleep and repeating the cycle. Most people with sleep apnea aren’t aware that they are going through this cycle in their sleep, but sufferers can awaken up to 400 times in a single night.

Unexplained Daytime Drowsiness

It’s one thing to be tired after a late night, but if you’re chronically exhausted and you can’t explain why, your doctor may want to examine how well you’re sleeping. Many people with sleep disorders aren’t aware of their problems, unless a sleeping partner complains. By doing a sleep study, your doctor can determine if your sleep habits are to blame for your fatigue.

Insomnia

It’s also possible that you know exactly why you’re tired—you can’t fall asleep or you wake up during the night. During a sleep study, your doctor can see what is going on in your body while you’re struggling to get much-needed rest. This will allow your doctor to develop a plan to battle your insomnia.

Don’t let bad sleep impact your health. Ask your doctor to refer you for a sleep study at Englewood Community Hospital in Englewood, FL. In addition to our sleep clinic, our hospital offers an emergency room, cardiac care, wound care, and more. Learn more by calling (888) 658-1598.  

 

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