Sleep wellness directly affects overall wellness; it is a cornerstone of good health and quality life. With more than 80 defined sleep disorders, if you are not getting restful, restorative sleep consistently, you are at risk for many potentially harmful side effects. From insomnia and narcolepsy to apnea and restless leg syndrome; Midwest Center for Sleep Disorders is here to help you determine if your sleep issues require treatment, ensuring you have a Quality Life through Quality Sleep.
Below are a few of the more common disorders. If you have questions or concerns for yourself or a loved one, please contact us immediately for a consultation; we are dedicated to getting you back to sleep so you can get back to living.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (and snoring):
Obstructive Sleep Apnea happens when the throat collapses causing interrupted sleep. Snoring occurs when the throat is partially closed and causes the throat to vibrate from the air passing through; snoring can be a sign of apnea. Sleep apnea can be potentially life threatening and it, along with snoring, can affect the restful sleep not only of the snorer, but their spouse and/or family as well. The side effects of apnea and snoring can range from headaches and exhaustion to, if left untreated, more serious health issues like high blood pressure, diabetes, heart attack, stroke, impotence and even death. If you or a loved one has issues with snoring or suspected apnea, please contact us today for an evaluation or see a physician.
Central Sleep Apnea:
Central sleep apnea occurs when the brain doesn’t send proper signals to the muscles that control breathing. The signs and side effects are the same as Obstructive Sleep Apnea; in some cases patients may even have both types of apnea. Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) is a primary treatment for sleep apnea because it keeps your airway open during the night by gently providing a constant stream of air through a mask you wear while you sleep; eliminating the pauses in breathing and snoring. There are many other treatment options for apnea, and often a combination is necessary. If you have concerns that you or a loved may have any apnea sleep disorders, please contact us immediately for an evaluation or see a physician.
Insomnia is the inability to fall asleep and/or remain asleep, including early morning awakening in which you wake up several hours early and are unable to go back to sleep. Side effects from insomnia can range from excessive daytime sleepiness, functional impairment, inability to perform daily tasks, lack of concentration, and depression. Chronic insomnia can lead to more serious health issues. There are many pharmacological and drug free remedies for insomnia; working with a sleep specialist is a must for this disorder. If you or a loved one has trouble falling or staying asleep, Midwest Center for Sleep Disorders has many options to help; contact us today.
Narcolepsy is excessive daytime sleepiness, including episodes of irresistible sleepiness, combined with sudden muscle weakness. Episodes of narcolepsy have been described as “sleep attacks” and may occur suddenly and in unusual circumstances, such as walking and other forms of physical activity. This disruptive sleep disorder should not be ignored because of the many potential dangers to the patient and others. The excessive daytime sleepiness significantly affects job performance, marriage, daily life and social relationships. This disorder requires specialized evaluation, diagnosis, treatment and pharmacology. If you have excessive daytime and/or irresistible sleepiness, an evaluation is highly recommended; please contact Midwest Center for Sleep Disorders to discuss your options.
Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS):
Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) is a nervous system disorder that affects restful sleep because of uncontrolled urges to move legs or other limbs; making it incredibly difficult to fall or stay asleep. It often includes unpleasant creeping sensations, along with aches and pains. Consulting with a sleep specialist is the first step in treating RLS, contact us today for more information.