1 November 20, 2019

Have you woken up feeling like you haven’t gotten enough sleep? Do you feel an extra weight on your body from exhaustion? Is your health taking a little bit of a turn for the worse? Well then maybe it’s time that you consider the possibility of doing a sleep study?

What Is A Sleep Study?

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According to the National Sleep Foundation, a sleep study simply allows a trained physician to determine what is going on while you sleep. While you sleep, doctors can monitor things such as breathing patterns, movement, etc. 

In addition, doctors can attach electrodes to your head and body to help monitor what is going on beneath the surface. Things that we cannot normally see, such as rapid eye movement, heart rate, oxygen levels, along with several other aspects are monitored to help determine what exactly is happening while you are counting sheep.

If you are interested in learning more about the specifics of what happens during a sleep study, you can check out this video from John Hopkins Medicine.

How Can Comprehensive Primary Care & Wellness Help?

Christina Finnerty, a certified family nurse practitioner here at Comprehensive Primary Care & Wellness Center in Idaho Falls, is a specialist on sleep and optimal wellness. She conducts sleep studies to help patients to have more restful nights.

One of the biggest causes of restless sleep could in fact be sleep apnea. Finnerty explains that many times the cause of sleep apnea could be caused by the tongue falling into the back of the throat effectively “decreasing the oxygen level” while you sleep. One of the biggest indicators that someone may have sleep apnea could actually be snoring.

Now you might be thinking, “Snoring? Really? But people tell me that I snore all the time? Does that mean I have sleep apnea?” Don’t start panicking just yet! Finnerty explains that many times snoring can be associated with things such as a deviated septum or nasal polyp. However, there is the chance that it could in fact be sleep apnea. And many people may think that sleep apnea isn’t something to be concerned about, but they would be wrong.

Why Should I Be Concerned About Sleep Apnea & Other Sleep Disorders?

Sleep Study GraphicFinnerty explains how sleep apnea can actually be related to a lot more serious issues later down the road, such as:

  • Heart Attacks
  • Stroke
  • Diabetes
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Insulin Resistance
  • Pain
  • Depression 
  • Cancer
  • Dementia
  • Alzheimer’s
  • ADD

Sleep disorders are no laughing matter. Nor are they something that you should ignore and hit the snooze button on. If you are concerned or are experiencing any sleep problems yourself go and check out Comprehensive Primary Care & Wellness Center in Idaho Falls and learn more about getting a sleep study performed.

To watch or listen to Christina explain more about sleep apnea, sleep habits, and sleep masks, click here.

If you are interested in learning more about how we conduct our sleep studies, contact us at 208-715-9990 or you can submit a form on our website.

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3 October 10, 2019

It’s that nagging question in the back of your mind that you’re not sure you want the answer to. “Do I have sleep apnea?”

Whether you feel groggy and fatigued on a full night’s rest or you wake yourself up with your snoring, you probably wonder what’s wrong. People often leap immediately to worst case scenarios and think they have sleep apnea. However, that’s not always the case. We hope that this post can inform and educate enough to decide whether or not you need a sleep study. The good news is that we have a local expert on hand, our very own Christina Finnerty.

What Is Sleep Apnea?

According to the Mayo Clinic, sleep apnea is a potentially serious sleep disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts. If you snore loudly and feel tired even after a full night’s sleep, you might have sleep apnea. There are three main types of the condition:

  • Obstructive sleep apnea: The most common form that occurs when throat muscles relax and the tongue can obstruct the airway.
  • Central sleep apnea: Occurs when your brain doesn’t send proper signals to the muscles that control breathing.
  • Complex sleep apnea syndrome: Also known as treatment-emergent central sleep apnea. This occurs when someone has both obstructive and central sleep apnea.

Why Should I Get A Sleep Study?

Christina Finnerty of Comprehensive Primary Care & Wellness Center in Idaho Falls explains some of the causes of sleep apnea and why you should get a sleep study if you suspect you may have sleep apnea.

“Some people say that they snore very loudly but they don’t have any daytime issues so why should they actually get it treated? And one of the reasons it’s really important to know if it’s snoring or obstructive sleep apnea is that you can’t tell by listening to somebody. So, if somebody snores very loudly it could just be a cosmetic issue like a deviated septum, nasal polyps, or maybe allergies. But, if it’s actually a crowded airway where the tongue is falling back into the back of the airway and your oxygen level is dropping at night, there’s a direct correlation with the following: heart attack, stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes, insulin resistance, pain, depression, cancer, dementia, Alzheimer’s, ADHD, and more. Sleep is really, really important and maintaining adequate oxygen levels is also important. That’s why sleep studies are so important.”

Symptoms Of Sleep Apnea

  • Loud snoring
  • Episodes in which you stop breathing during sleep — which would be reported by another person
  • Gasping for air during sleep
  • Awakening with a dry mouth
  • Morning headache
  • Difficulty staying asleep (insomnia)
  • Excessive daytime sleepiness (hypersomnia)
  • Difficulty paying attention while awake
  • Irritability

What To Expect From A Sleep Study

To better understand your sleep problem, we will ask you about your sleep habits and about your personal routine and habits. Your work and exercise routines, if you use caffeine, tobacco, alcohol, or any medicines (including over-the-counter medicines). We recommend that you keep a sleep diary for a couple of weeks. Write down when you go to sleep, wake up, and take naps. Also, write down how much you sleep each night, how alert and rested you feel in the morning, as well as how sleepy you feel at various times during the day.

Some sleep disorders are able to be diagnosed by asking questions about sleep schedules and habits. However, others may require the results from a sleep study and other medical tests. Sleep studies allow us to measure how much and how well you sleep. They also help show whether you have sleep problems and how severe they are. Sleep is incredibly important to your overall physical and mental health. We want to help ensure that you’re living your best life. Read more about sleep quality here.

Schedule Your Sleep Study Today

If you’ve wondered whether or not you have sleep apnea, schedule a time to visit with us. The sooner you tackle this issue the better. Your long term health can greatly benefit from improving your sleep. Call us today at 208-715-9990.

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