Millions of Americans do not get a good night’s sleep on a regular basis. Sleep allows the body to renew itself both physically and mentally. Without regular sufficient sleep, we suffer. Many have found the help and relief they needed for consistent, restful sleep. Untreated sleep disorders, such as sleep apnea, can increase the risk for high blood pressure, heart attack and stroke. In addition, daytime drowsiness caused by sleep disorders may contribute to work-related injuries or driving accidents, putting you and others at risk for serious injury or death.
Sleep Apnea causes sufferers to start and stop breathing many times while sleeping. Narcolepsy brings about extreme drowsiness and results in a person suddenly falling asleep many times during the day. Chronic Insomnia is characterized by repeated difficulty falling or returning to sleep. Restless leg syndrome produces tingly or painful sensations in the legs while at rest for a prolonged period.
If you have ongoing sleep troubles, Seton Medical Center Harker Heights is here for you! With a referral from your primary care physician, the Seton Harker Heights Sleep Lab can perform a sleep study, using modern and non-invasive technology. A sleep study is conducted by a specially-trained sleep technologist who will monitor your heart rate, respiratory system, muscle activity, oxygen levels, brain activity, sleep movements and body position. The information gathered from the study allows a board-certified sleep physician to evaluate, diagnose and treat your condition.
For physician scheduling, please call 254-680-6362.
The Sleep Lab is open from 6:30 p.m. - 6:00 a.m.
While many are not aware that they have a sleep disorder until a loved one notices a problem. Symptoms may include:
• Fatigue, lack of motivation and excessive daytime sleepiness
• Anxiety, depression and irritability
• Loud snoring or gasping for air while sleeping
• Pauses in breathing or racing heartbeat during the night
• Restless sleep
• Morning headaches
• Difficulty concentrating or learning
• Waking up frequently
• Night-time sweating
An occasional sleep problem is usually nothing to worry about. In fact, nearly everyone experiences a poor night’s sleep at one time or another. But if the problem continues, it’s probably a good idea to take steps to find out why. Sleep disorders affect approximately 40 million Americans, but only 5% of these are diagnosed and treated.
There are more than 80 different sleep disorders that can limit your quality of life and result in poor health. We can help diagnose and treat you or someone you love who has a sleep disorder.