Plenty of things can make it tough to get a good night's sleep. Everyday stress, work schedules, depression, excess weight, or what you might just think is snoring, can interfere with getting the rest you need. Over time, a lack of sleep can affect more than just your energy level or your mood - poor sleep quality can affect concentration, memory, heart rhythm, hormone balance, appetite, and blood pressure.
If you feel like it's been a long time since you've had a peaceful night's sleep, you may have a sleep disorder.
Common Symptoms Include:
- Excessive daytime sleepiness (feeling sleepy after lunch, difficulty staying awake in meetings, falling asleep while driving, etc.)
- Snoring that may wake you
- Irregular breathing or pauses in breathing during sleep (as reported by a bed partner)
- Morning headaches
- Legs jump and move when you're trying to sleep
To get you back into a healthy pattern of sleep, Morehouse Healthcare can help assess, diagnose and treat common sleep disorders. Often times, the treatment path begins with a sleep study - a night spent in a comfortable room, while a sleep technologist monitors your sleep levels, heart rate and rhythm, breathing patterns, oxygenation and more. If one of our sleep physicians diagnoses you with a sleep disorder, they'll recommend treatment options to help you rest better.