sleep testingSleep deprivation is a significant health and safety problem that affects almost everyone. About 70 million people in the United States have a sleep problem. Snoring is just one indication of a sleep disorder. There are other signs of sleep disorders that can be a significant health problem. According to the National Sleep Foundation, the effects of sleep loss on work performance may be costing U.S. employers some $150 billion in healthcare costs, lost work time, and loss of productivity.

The Sleep Center at Davis County Hospital provides professional sleep studies conducted during a pleasant overnight stay at the hospital’s hotel-like, state-of-the-art sleep center in partnership with SomniTech.

Each of the Center’s suites is comfortably designed with a queen size bed, recliner, TV/DVD with cable, individual temperature control, free Wi-Fi, and private bathroom with shower. The Center is conveniently located within Davis County Hospital.

What is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep Apnea is a common sleep disorder characterized by brief interruptions of breathing during sleep.  These episodes usually last 10 seconds or more and occur repeatedly throughout the night.

Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder that occurs when a person’s breathing is interrupted during sleep.  People with untreated sleep apnea stop breathing repeatedly during their sleep, sometimes hundreds of times.  This means the brain and the rest of the body may not get enough oxygen.

Two types of sleep apnea

Obstuctive Sleep Apnea (OSA):  The most common type of apnea, it is caused by a blockage of the airway, usually when the soft tissue in the back of the throat collapses during sleep.

Central Sleep Apnea:  Unlike OSA, the airway is not blocked, but the brain fails to signal the muscles to breathe, due to instability in the respiratory control center.

Am I at Risk for Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea can affect anyone at any age, even children.  Risk factors for sleep apnea include:

  • Being male
  • Being overweight
  • Being over age 40
  • Having a large neck size (17 inches or greater in men and 16 inches or greater in women)
  • Having large tonsils, a large tongue, or a small jaw bone
  • Having a family history of sleep apnea
  • Gastroesphageal reflux, or GERD
  • Nasal Obstruction due to a deviated septum, allergies or sinus problems

What are the Effects of Sleep Apnea?

If left untreated, sleep apnea can result in a growing number of health problems, including:

  • High blood pressure
  • Stroke
  • Heart failure, irregular heart beats, and heart attacks
  • Depression
  • Worsening of ADHD
  • Headaches

In addition, untreated sleep apnea may be responsible for poor performance in everyday activities, such as at work and school, motor vehicle crashes, and academic underachievement in children and adolescents.

WebMD Medical Reference

Davis County Hospital provides sleep studies for our patients.  If you are experiencing sleep issues please speak with your medical provider.