|Sleep Apnea Center|
Thousands of people suffer from a sleep disorder or are affected by someone who does. Good Samaritan's Department of Respiratory Care offers testing and treatment for sleep disorders at its Sleep Apnea Center, a Sleep Center of Excellence. The center is a full-service sleep disorders center accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. Its physicians are board certified in sleep medicine and are capable of diagnosing and treating a wide range of disorders, including sleep-related breathing disorders (snoring and apnea), limb movement disorders, narcolepsy and insomnia.
Sleep apnea alone is estimated to affect more than 40 million people in the United States. Apnea refers to the cessation of breathing during sleep. Snoring is usually the first sign of apnea and occurs due to the vibration of excess tissue in the pharynx. Other signs of sleep apnea are nighttime gasping, choking and sweating, and can include chronic fatigue, gastro-esophageal reflux disease, fibromyalgia and difficulty losing weight. Sleep disorders impair the quality of sleep and lead to daytime sleepiness, moodiness and poor concentration, memory and physical performance. In addition, fragmented sleep and decreased oxygen levels associated with sleep apnea can lead to other medical problems involving increased risk to basic health. Over time, sleep apnea can lead to high blood pressure and increased risk for irregular heart rhythms, heart attack, stroke and metabolic disorders such as diabetes.
If you think you are possibly suffering from sleep apnea, we invite you to take our online quiz to help you better understand your sleep difficulties. For further information or to schedule an appointment call (631) 376-4444.