Do you have a sleep disorder? Check your symptoms:
• Trouble staying awake during the day
• Loud, chronic snoring
• Headaches, especially right after you wake up
• Irritability and mood swings
• Frequent yawning
• Waking up and not being able to go back to sleep
These are only a few of the most common symptoms of a sleep disorder. Improve your “sleep hygiene” with these helpful tips, and talk to your doctor about your concerns. A sleep disorder can seriously damage your health and quality of life.
Sleep studies at Arizona Institute of Neurology & Polysomnography
If your doctor wants you to get a sleep study, call us right away. Dr. Khan will expertly analyze the data from yoru sleep study and recommend the right solution for your problem. As a neurologist with advanced training in sleep medicine, Dr. Khan is highly qualified in the treatment of all types of sleep disorders. He has many years of experience helping people with everything from snoring, to insomnia, narcolepsy and the rarest, most complex sleep problems.
CPAP and other treatment for sleep disorders
Depending on what type of sleep problem you have, you may need medication, or a device that helps you breathe more efficiently during sleep.
If you have obstructive sleep apnea, a CPAP – or “continuous positive airway pressure” device may be right for you. This is worn over the nose and keeps the airway open so you can breathe normally while you sleep. Best of all, you should start sleeping and feeling better, right away.
Tips for healthy sleep
There’s a lot you can do to help yourself or a loved one enjoy better sleep. Try these tips and follow your doctor’s advice:
• Avoid heavy meals and alcohol within 3 hours of bedtime
• Create a healthy sleep environment that’s cool, dark and quiet
• Go to bed at around the same time each night
• Get regular exercise, early in the day
• If you smoke, ask your doctor to help you quit
• Lose weight if you need to
• Eat a healthy diet, rich in fresh fruits and vegetables, low fat dairy and foods that contain tryptophan, a substance that promotes sleep (foods like turkey and other poultry, avocado, mango, nuts and many other healthy foods)
More information about obstructive sleep apnea
You may not realize that one of the most common sleep disorders – obstructive sleep apnea – increases your risk for life-threatening health problems.
Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the tissues of your soft palate and throat block your airway. It can cause you to snore loudly and to stop breathing completely, for up to a full minute at a time. It happens over and over again, depriving your brain of oxygen and keeping you from the quality sleep you need.
According to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, obstructive sleep apnea can lead to:
• Increased heart rate
• High blood pressure
• Increased risk for stroke
• Increased risk of death due to heart disease
• Insulin resistance, which can lead to diabetes
• Increased risk of being involved in a deadly motor vehicle accident
Getting treated for your sleep problem could improve the length and quality of your life. Start with a consultation at the Arizona Institute of Neurology & Polysomnography in Casa Grande. Call today: 520.423.2046.