40 million Americans are chronically ill with various sleep disorders. And most people who suffer from sleep-related illnesses don't realize it.
Sleep Apnea is a medical disorder. It causes a person to stop breathing for periods of time during the night. It can happen dozens to hundreds of times a night. Each time, the person stops breathing for 10 seconds or more, then suddenly gasps for air.
Sleep Apnea may be linked to other serious health problems. People with untreated sleep apnea may be more likely to have:
- High blood pressure
- Heart problems
Deep sleep is vital to good physical and mental health, but people with Sleep Apnea often do not reach deep sleep. This leaves them very tired during the day.
Being tired can effect every part of life. For example, it can cause:
- motor vehicle crashes
- personality changes
- poor concentration
Anyone can have Sleep Apnea, but it is more common among males, people who are overweight and people who are middle-aged or older.
MRC offers a professional sleep lab with minimal wait for an appointment.
Most sleep disorders can be successfully treated or controlled once properly diagnosed. Diagnosis of Sleep Apnea is not simple because there can be many different reasons for disturbed sleep. Several tests are available for evaluating a person for Sleep Apnea.
That's why your doctor will order our professional sleep lab to perform a nocturnal polysomnography.
Polysomnography is a test that records a variety of body functions during sleep, such as electrical activity of the brain, eye movement, muscle activity, heart rate, respiratory effort, air flow and blood oxygen levels. These tests are used both to diagnose Sleep Apnea and determine its severity.
Our sleep lab provides the most accurate and detailed information available today. A physician specializing in sleep medicine works hand and hand with your physician to guarantee accurate and prompt results from your study.
A sleep study does not hurt. You sleep in a room much like a hotel or hospital room. Our professional and courteous staff will make every effort to ensure your stay is as comfortable as possible.
If you experience any of the symptoms of Sleep Apnea tell your physician, or contact the staff at our sleep lab (417) 461-5351.
A checklist of items to bring for your sleep test:
- Nightgown, pajamas or any comfortable sleep wear, preferably with a button-down front.
- Toiletries such as a toothbrush, toothpaste, hairbrush or comb.
- Clothes for the following day.
- Any needed medications.
- A book or other reading material.