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Reasons a Sleep Study May be Needed

Never getting a good night’s sleep is more than an inconvenience; it can lead to serious health problems. Lack of sleep, or lack of good quality sleep, has been linked to increased risk for heart disease, heart attack, heart failure, obesity, diabetes, and shortened life expectancy. Even your everyday life may be more adversely affected than you think with increased stress, irritability, and impaired motor functions. Sleeping poorly can damage your health, work and relationships – and studies show that between 30% to 50% of Americans have trouble sleeping!

If you feel like you haven’t had a good night’s sleep in ages – a sleep study at Mahaska Health Partnership might be able to help us find out why. Other reasons you may need a sleep study include:

  • Excessive Snoring / Suspected Sleep Apnea – People with sleep apnea usually snore and may stop breathing just a few, or hundreds of times during sleep. Sleep apnea is treated with the use of a CPAP breathing device worn during sleep.

  • Restless Leg Syndrome – Is a disorder in which there is an urge or need to move the legs to stop unpleasant sensations. There are prescription medications to treat RLS.

  • Excessive Daytime sleepiness – Can be caused due to drowsiness associated with sleep apnea or narcolepsy.

  • Inability to sleep – Also known as insomnia, can be caused by a variety of symptoms but usually results in the inability to fall asleep or difficulty staying asleep.

Talk with your primary care provider about a sleep study.