The Sleep Wellness Center at Wise Health System can help diagnose a wide variety of sleep disorders, helping you get the sleep you need to lead a healthy, productive life.
Are You a Sleep Study Candidate?
If you suffer from any of the following symptoms, you may have a sleep disorder that can be diagnosed and treated by the WHS Sleep Wellness Center:
- Loud, disruptive snoring
- Pauses in breathing during sleep
- Excessive daytime sleepiness
- Frequent kicking or jerking during sleep
- Waking frequently during the night
- Headache and/or fatigue in the mornings
- Sleep walking, sleep talking
Individuals suffering from obesity, heart or respiratory diseases, depression, and muscular diseases may also be at an increased risk of experiencing sleep disorders.
The Importance of Sleep
Sleeping is a complex process and greatly influences our waking hours. Without enough sleep, a person’s ability to perform even the simplest of tasks declines dramatically. Each year sleep-related accidents cause death, injury, lost productivity and cost billions of dollars in health care and damaged property.
A sleep disorder is a medical condition that affects sleep patterns and can interfere with normal physical, mental and emotional functioning. Some of the more common sleep disorders are:
- Insomnia is characterized by difficulty falling and/or staying asleep.
- Narcolepsy causes overwhelming and severe daytime sleepiness that often occurs at inappropriate times and places.
- Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS) produces intense, often irresistible urges to move the legs, usually when trying to sleep or a “tingling sensation” when a person lies down to sleep.
- Sleep Apnea involves brief periods during sleep when a person stops breathing, often for up to a minute and can occur 20-30 times or more in an hour.
Sleep Problems in Children?
Children and adolescents need at least 9 hours of sleep per night. Sleep problems and a lack of sleep can have negative effects on children’s performance in school, during extracurricular activities and in social relationships.
A lack of sleep may cause:
- Accidents and injuries
- Behavior problems
- Mood problems
- Memory, concentration and learning problems
- Performance problems
- Slower reaction times
Signs of Sleep Problems in Children
Talk to your pediatrician if your child exhibits any of the following signs of a sleep problem:
- Problems with sleeping through the night
- Unexplained decrease in daytime performance
- Unusual events during sleep such as sleepwalking or nightmares
- Breathing pauses during sleep
- Difficulty falling asleep
- Difficulty staying awake
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