When to Consider a Sleep Study

Bailey Kach

If you struggle with snoring, fighting daytime sleepiness, or don’t feel rested after a full night sleep; it may be helpful to have a sleep study done. A sleep study can diagnosis sleep disorders such as sleep apnea.

Sleep apnea is a disorder where upper airway muscles relax causing airflow to be pinched off. This causes low oxygen levels and bad sleep quality. Untreated sleep apnea puts your health at great risk. Many studies show an association between sleep apnea and type 2 diabetes, stroke, and heart attack.

People that are obese are at greater risk for having sleep apnea. People that have sleep apnea may experience- snoring, daytime sleepiness, witnessed apneic events, insomnia, and fatigue/irritability.

If you experience any of these symptoms, talk to your provider or call the RHSHC Cardiopulmonary Department at 563-547-6692, about scheduling a sleep study to improve your overall health with better sleep.