Regularly getting a good night's sleep is one of the best things you can do for your health. Sound sleep allows your body to recharge and heal itself. But if you're one of the millions of Americans who suffer from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) or other sleep disorders, your body is fighting a losing battle against fatigue, heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and other diseases.
Research has shown that OSA is a key risk factor in the development of high blood pressure, stroke, and heart disease. Many of these adverse cardiovascular effects have been attributed to the high incidence of OSA amongst most cardiovascular patients.
Mercy Sleep Center at Iowa Heart is dedicated to helping improve the overall health of our patients so they can enjoy an improved quality of life. Providing state-of-the-art diagnosis and treatment of sleep apnea is one way we're addressing all aspects of patient care.
What is OSA?
Sufferers of obstructive sleep apnea experience pauses in breathing during the night, which are often followed by a snort or gasp for air.
OSA and other sleep disorders are diagnosed through a combination of patient-reported symptoms such as snoring, daytime sleepiness, or family members witnessing breathing pauses, and a polysomnogram (sleep study).
Symptoms of Sleep Disorders
Symptoms and associated diseases can include:
- Daytime sleepiness
- Mood disorders
- Pauses in breathing during sleep
- Uncomfortable feeling causing an urge to move your legs in the evening and at night
- Difficult to treat atrial fibrillation
- High blood pressure
- Congestive heart failure
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
The most common treatment for OSA is positive airway pressure (PAP). PAP works by delivering a pressurized stream of air via a nasal mask to keep your airway open and unobstructed while you are sleeping. PAP treatment is done without medications and is covered by most insurance plans. Treatment for other sleep disorders can include medications, behavioral therapy including sleep hygiene techniques, and light therapy.
Treatment of sleep disorders can improve the quality of sleep for not only the patient but also their bed partner.
Mercy Sleep Center — Ames is located at 1816 Philadelphia St, inside the Iowa Heart Center — Ames building. To learn more or to schedule an appointment with one of our board certified sleep physicians, please call (515) 232-2605.
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