Do you wake up in the morning refreshed, ready and raring to start another day? Or do you find it hard to get out of bed and stay awake during the day? If it's the latter, you may not be getting a good night's sleep at all. We asked a respiratory therapist at the Avera Queen of Peace Sleep Lab in Mitchell about sleep apnea and treating it.
Respiratory Therapist and Registered Polysomnography Technologist Ranae Phinney at the Avera Queen of Peace Sleep Lab says, "Sleep apnea is a disorder in which the airway becomes relaxed during sleep. What happens is the airway relaxes to the point that it closes all together so it causes brief but repetitive pauses during sleep.
Q: Why is this disruptive and can it be dangerous to your health?
A: Obstructive sleep apnea not only causes problems with sleep and getting refreshing sleep, but it can cause low oxygen levels as well which can impact other conditions that can lead to hyper tension, ischemic heart disease (which is heart attacks), strokes, it can lead to cardiac arrhythmia (irregular heart beat) which can play into your daytime functioning skills.
Q: How can coming to the sleep lab help?
A: First of all you need to talk to your doctor and if he thinks it would be beneficial to come to the sleep lab he will prescribe a sleep study. We will have the person come in and stay overnight for the sleep study. It's done on an outpatient basis. We will apply various wires which will monitor various things as you sleep throughout the night. We look for obstructive sleep apnea, but other conditions as well.
And we will talk about the C-PAP machines tonight at ten. For more information about the Avera Queen of Peace Sleep Lab call 877-AT-AVERA."