San Antonio Sleep Centers
Formal studies have demonstrated that more than 25 percent of adults have occasional or frequent complaints about sleep. Sleep is a very important part of the life cycle and can either enhance or adversely affect a person’s health and well-being. Because sleep disorders do not occur during the wake hours, they are among the most difficult disorders to diagnose.
Some of the more serious symptoms of sleep disorders include: loud snoring, excessive daytime sleepiness, falling asleep while driving or otherwise inappropriately, nighttime chest pain and hypertension. It is well documented that more people die in the early morning hours than at any other time of the day, presumably with some association to sleep.
In addition to influencing mortality, sleep disorders have an enormous impact on quality of life. The medical, social and economic toll of sleep disorders is staggering. The specialists at San Antonio Sleep Centers recognize the need for early diagnosis and treatment of sleep-related illness, which can affect a person’s health and ability to function normally.
- Sleep apnea has been associated with strokes, heart attacks, cardiac arrhythmias and in severe cases sudden death.
- Sleep apnea is more common than asthma.
- Estimates place the annual number of cardiovascular deaths due to sleep apnea at 38,000.
- Individuals with sleep apnea are seven times more likely to have automobile accidents.
- Insomniacs have twice as many automobile accidents as non-insomniacs.
- Fatigue (sleepiness) accounts for nearly one-third of all fatal-to-the-driver heavy trucking accidents.
Once detected, most sleep disorders can be corrected.
What is a Sleep Study?
Polysomnography or “sleep study” is a test that measures bodily functions during sleep. The testing is non-invasive and painless. Some of the measurements taken may include brain waves, eye movement, sleep stages, airflow (nose and mouth), heart rate, chin and leg muscle activity, abdominal and chest wall movement, and oxygen saturation.
Depending on the nature of your sleep disorder, you may require to have one or two night of polysomnography done on an outpatient basis in a private bedroom at one of our centers. Trained technicians using state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment will monitor you from a separate control room for the duration of the study. The staff attempts to make the environment as comfortable as possible.
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For more information call 210-297-7005