What a Sleep Study Can Teach You

Top view of young beautiful woman dreaming in bed and relaxing at night Getting a good night’s sleep can seem like an elusive pipe dream to some people. The fatigue that follows restlessness can be enough to drive you crazy. Not knowing the cause behind poor sleep can add more frustration to a complicated situation. But a sleep study can help give you insight into what may contribute to your poor sleep and help you make the adjustments you need to restore your nightly routine. Here are a few things you can learn from a sleep study and if it may be the proper treatment.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea

An essential part of a sleep study is understanding how well your body moves air while you sleep. Many people may be experiencing interrupted sleep as a byproduct of obstructive sleep apnea, a condition where the airway is partially blocked during sleep. Obstructed breathing represents a problem for several reasons. First, the obstruction can cause you to snore loudly, creating a host of symptoms for you and causing issues for those who live with you. Also, obstructed airways can cause you to choke while you sleep, making you take a breath and interrupt your rest. If left unchecked obstructive sleep apnea can cause an increased risk of 

  • Stroke
  • Cardiovascular issues
  • Daytime drowsiness
  • Moodiness
  • Difficulty concentrating

Restless Leg Syndrome

Do you experience uncomfortable feelings in your legs, such as tingling or itching? A sleep study may help find the cause. Undergoing a sleep study can help rule out pesky conditions, such as Restless Leg Syndrome, which affects many people yearly. Restless leg syndrome can give you an uncontrollable urge to move your legs throughout the night, interrupting your sleep and leaving you exhausted. Also, Restless leg syndrome can make symptoms of sleep apnea worse. Having your doctor make a formal diagnosis of restless leg syndrome can help you find treatments to address the condition and help you get your sleep back.

Taking part in a sleep study has many benefits, and you can learn many things about how your body rests at night. Sleep studies give healthcare professionals insight into what is affecting your sleep and help you get back to experiencing the peace at night that you deserve.

If you are having trouble getting restful sleep, schedule a consultation with our Show Low office. Please call us today at 928-968-5009.

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