Getting enough sleep isn’t just important for helping you ward off yawns during your afternoon meeting. It’s actually a vital part of staying physically and emotionally healthy. When you don’t get enough sleep, your entire body is affected, from your heart to your brain. If you’re struggling to sleep or are dealing with daytime drowsiness, the Sleep Laboratory at Mercy Hospital may be able to help. In our hospital, we can pinpoint the cause of your sleep problems and devise a treatment plan to help you get the rest you need. Here’s a look at some of the conditions we see most often.
Everyone has a hard time sleeping every now and then, but when the problem persists, it’s a condition known as insomnia. Some people with insomnia can’t fall asleep, while others can’t stay asleep—some suffers even experience both issues. Insomnia isn’t caused by a specific condition. Instead, things like anxiety, certain medications, and certain medical problems, like thyroid disease, can be to blame. Identifying the cause of your insomnia is the first step in treating it.
Parasomnias are abnormal behaviors acted out while you are sleeping, such as sleepwalking. Night terrors also fall under this category. They can occur at any stage during the sleep cycle, though those that happen during REM sleep tend to be most intense. Although parasomnias are most common in children, they can occur in people of all ages. Sometimes, developing a healthy bedtime routine is enough to decrease parasomnias, but in severe cases, medication may be needed.
Sleep apnea is an extremely serious condition in which a sufferer repeatedly stops breathing, sometimes hundreds of times per sleep cycle. If you have sleep apnea, you may not realize that you are waking up during the night, and instead, you may find yourself exhausted without knowing why. Left untreated, sleep apnea can cause weight gain and heart disease, and increase your risk of experiencing fatigue-related auto accidents.
If you’re not sleeping soundly, ask your doctor to send you to the Sleep Laboratory at Mercy Hospital in Miami. In addition to sleep care, our hospital offers a comprehensive list of medical services. To learn more, call us at (305) 854-4400.