Most people know that sleep, like diet and exercise, is a pillar of health and that daytime sleepiness can take a major toll on basic daily function. Unfortunately, a lot of people go about their daily lives feeling excessively sleepy without mentioning this to their doctor. In fact, a National Sleep Foundation poll found, “that less than half of people say they would talk to their doctor if they thought they had a sleep problem, and seven in ten said that their doctor had never asked them about their sleep.”
ONE IN THREE PEOPLE HAS A SLEEP DISORDER SUCH AS SLEEP APNEA, YET, 95% OF THEM REMAIN UNDIAGNOSED
Know the signs
Is a sleep study right for you?
Your doctor can work with you to sort out whether your sleepiness is a result of your sleep hygiene (e.g. your schedule and sleep environment), a sleep disorder such as obstructive sleep apnea, or possibly another health condition that causes sleepiness. Your doctor will likely ask you questions about your sleep habits and review your medical history to determine if further tests and possibly even a sleep study would be beneficial.
If you answer “yes” to two or more of the following questions, speak to your doctor to find out is a sleep study is right for you.
SGMC’s Sleep Center
A trip to a sleep lab is likely to be a new experience. SGMC’s Sleep Center is cool, comfortable and quiet. A physician referral is required for a sleep study. For sleep testing appointments, please call: 229-433-8036.
Sleep Studies are non-invasive procedures covered by most insurances including Medicare and Medicaid. The night of the study you will report to the sleep lab around 8:30 for your overnight stay. A specially trained sleep technician will apply small, lightweight electrodes to your skin and scalp. These electrodes are placed to monitor your muscle, brain and respiratory activity. All the data recorded during the sleep study is then reviewed by a sleep physician. The sleep physician will review this information as well as detail from your medical history and sleep behavior questionnaire to determine a diagnosis and specialized treatment plan.