When Do I Need a Sleep Study?
By Jeremy D McConnell, MD
March 01, 2021
Category: Medical
Tags: sleep study  

Is a sleep study right for you? Here’s how to tell.
 

Approximately 70 million Americans suffer from sleep disorders. Everything from insomnia to sleep apnea can lead to serious issues, impacting your health, personal and professional life, and safety. Sleep disorders can also increase your risk of developing heart disease, diabetes, and other serious health problems. Wondering if you should turn to our Bradenton, FL, sleep medicine specialist Dr. Jeremy McConnell for a sleep study?
 

You may benefit from a sleep study if:
 

You get enough sleep but never feel rested
 

It seems like the ultimate betrayal to get anywhere from 7-9 hours of sleep a night and still not wake up feeling rested. If you find yourself dragging yourself out of bed and having trouble fully awakening in the morning this is a warning sign that something is wrong with your sleep. If this is something you deal with you may wish to improve your current sleep hygiene by avoiding electronic devices before bedtime and by keeping your room dark, quiet and cool. If you still find yourself hitting the snooze button, it’s time to turn to our Bradenton, FL, sleep doctor.
 

You absolutely must nap during the day
 

Another sign that you may be dealing with a sleep disorder is if you find yourself falling asleep during the afternoon or needing a nap during the day despite getting enough sleep at night. If you’ve had a good night’s sleep, you really shouldn’t be falling asleep or dozing off in the middle of the day. This is a sign that you might be dealing with a sleep disorder.
 

You’re the world’s loudest snorer
 

Okay, so perhaps you don’t hold the World Record for the loudest snorer, but you certainly hold your own. At least that’s what your partner tells you. If your snoring can be heard in other rooms or almost seems to rattle the walls this could be a sign of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). OSA causes the tissue in the back of the throat to collapse, which reduces the amount of oxygen that is delivered to the body and brain. Since untreated OSA can lead to serious health problems such as heart attack and stroke, it’s important that you see a sleep doctor right away if you suspect that you might have sleep apnea.
 

You have trouble falling asleep
 

Do you find yourself lying in the dark staring up at the ceiling at night? If it takes you longer than 30 minutes to fall asleep then you may be battling insomnia. While this will happen occasionally to most people, if you find yourself dealing with this more than three times a week for several months, then you should turn to a sleep specialist to find out how to treat your insomnia.
 

If you are dealing with sleep problems that make it difficult for you to fall asleep or stay asleep, it’s time to turn to the sleep experts at Florida Sleep Specialists in Bradenton and Sarasota, FL. Call us at (941) 792-8383 to find out if you could benefit from a sleep study.

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