Sleep disorders keep millions of Americans awake at night. They’re much more common – and can be more serious – than most people think. In fact:
- 35 million Americans have sleep disorders
- 200,000 sleep-related auto accidents occur each year
- 50,000 premature and preventable deaths occur annually as a result of sleep disorders
- 95% of individuals suffering with sleep disorder are undiagnosed
The good news is that most sleep disorders can be effectively treated. But, when left untreated, they can result in serious health risks and dangerous medical problems. Sleep disorders have been linked to conditions including:
- High blood pressure
- Respiratory failure
- Fatal heart attacks
The Jordan Valley Diagnostic Sleep Center offers comprehensive services for the diagnosis and treatment of conditions that interfere with sleep. The most common disorders include obstructive sleep apnea syndrome, narcolepsy, periodic limb movement disorder, restless legs syndrome, behaviorally-conditioned awakenings, sleepwalking, night terrors, bedwetting and insomnia.
Pediatric Sleep Medicine
For infants, young children and adolescents, sleep disorders are prevalent and affect approximately 30 percent of this age population. Poor or inadequate sleep can lead to mood swings, behavioral issues (such as hyperactivity or depression) and cognitive problems that may impact children’s learning abilities at school. If you have a child who has difficulty falling and staying asleep, contact us to find out if he/she may be suffering from a sleep disorder. We take the time to carefully diagnose your child’s condition, provide comprehensive and individualized treatment, and work closely with you on any necessary follow-up care. If your child has been diagnosed with ADHD/ADD, depression or a learning disorder, please consider whether their sleep is contributing to their outward clinical issues. All children with neuromuscular disorders or chromosomal abnormalities (Trisomy 21 etc.) should also be evaluated for sleep disorders.
How Much Sleep is Enough?
The amount of sleep that is needed varies by individual; however the National Sleep Foundation provides the following recommendations:
Diagnosing Sleep Disorders
A thorough evaluation is the first step to an accurate diagnosis and effective treatment for your problem. Sleep testing is available in the sleep lab, but is not always necessary. Our lab provides an overnight study known as a polysomnogram or PSG. The PSG is a painless test that continuously records a broad range of physiological factors, such as brain wave activity, eye movements, muscle activity, heart rate and rhythm, breathing depth and blood oxygen saturation.
For patients requiring a sleep lab study, our program is located in a hotel-like setting with comfortable beds and private bathrooms. Following your overnight study, a continental breakfast is served in the morning to help you get up and on with your day.
If you do suffer from a sleep disorder, solutions are available. In some cases, lifestyle changes such as weight loss or alcohol avoidance can help you rest better. For more serious cases, corrective surgery or further treatment by a sleep specialist may be necessary. Many non-medicinal therapies are available including light therapy, hypnotherapy, relaxation exercises, herbal treatments, behavioral modifications and conditioning exercises. When required, we will assist you with referrals to physicians specializing in neurology, psychiatry, or dental and oral surgery.
Our experienced staff is committed to helping you achieve a better night’s sleep. For more information about our sleep services, please call 801-601-2312.