Are you sleep deprived?

Let us help you get a good night’s sleep

Contributed by Victoria Surdulescu, MD

woman sleepingAccording to the National Institutes of Health, “an estimated 50–70 million adults in the United States have chronic sleep or wakefulness disorders, and the percentage of adults who report averaging less than seven hours of sleep per night has increased by about one third since the 1980s. Insufficient sleep, poor quality sleep or sleeping at the wrong time of day is associated with a growing number of long-term health problems, including a greater risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, obesity, and other diseases.” This is why it’s important to address sleep issues with your physician before it gets out of control.

Women and sleep

Women are particularly at risk for sleep issues. Women are more likely than men to experience insomnia. In fact, according to the 2002 National Sleep Foundation Sleep in America poll, more women than men experience symptoms of insomnia at least a few nights a week (63 percent vs. 54 percent) and they are more likely to have daytime sleepiness. Sometimes, women begin to have sleepless nights due to the hormone fluctuations associated with menstruation, pregnancy or menopause and find it difficult to break poor sleep habits. Sleep disturbances often come on gradually over time and are accepted as normal. Many women with sleep problems begin to accept it as a part of their everyday existence.

How do I know if I have a sleep problem?

In addition to just feeling tired there are several signs that may indicate you have a sleep problem. Here are some of the most common:

  • feeling more stressed than usual
  • having trouble concentrating
  • having trouble remembering things
  • hungry much of the time
  • having difficulty focusing your vision
  • making poor or risky decisions
  • fumbling with small objects and clumsy on your feet
  • relationships are suffering
  • getting sick more often
  • experiencing mood swings

We offer a variety of services to help diagnose your sleep condition. These include comprehensive consultations including sleep history and physical exam, overnight sleep testing, continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) testing and management, nap tests to assess daytime sleepiness and wakefulness testing to evaluate daytime alertness. To make an appointment with one of our sleep specialists, please call (513) 475-UC4U.

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