Monday, December 5, 2016
Are you getting enough sleep? The struggle for a good night’s sleep is common. More than 1/3 of adults are not getting enough sleep on a regular basis, according to a new study in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC).
“Sleep is important to a person’s overall health,” states Henry Morgan, a Registered Respiratory Therapist and the Sleep Center Supervisor. “We see so many people struggling with serious health conditions that are a direct result of a sleep disorder.”
The average person often sacrifices sleep in order to meet the demands in their busy lives. The result is sleep deprivation which can negatively affect one’s overall health and quality of life. Serious health conditions can also arise when a person doesn’t get the sleep their body needs. Sleep apnea, for example, can lead to high blood pressure, diabetes, stroke, heart disease, and heart attack.
A sleep study is a painless series of tests performed in an overnight setting that evaluate an individual's sleep patterns to determine if they have a sleep disorder. “We are pleased to offer this important service to the people in our community. Our goal is to give our community the same healthcare services available in larger facilities right here at home. Offering sleep studies on our campus is just one more way we are meeting that goal,” adds Greg Havard, CEO, George Regional Health System.