Sleep Disorder Management in Mill Creek and Elkins, WV
Most people experience sleep disruptions at some point in their lives. However, if you have been suffering from extensive, ongoing inability to fall asleep, stay asleep, or get a good night’s rest (despite sleeping for eight hours or more), you may have a sleep disorder. Sleep disorders are not merely minor inconveniences. They can be dangerous, and in many cases, deadly.
If you or a loved one are experiencing symptoms of a sleep disorder, contact Valley Health Care in Mill Creek or Elkins, WV for a prompt consultation. We offer sleep disorder management services for sleep apnea and related conditions.
Symptoms of Sleep Apnea and Related Disorders
Obstructive and central sleep apnea, and related disorders, are serious issues. If you always feel sleepy, fatigued, drowsy, and/or irritable during the day for no apparent reason, you may require prompt medical intervention. Sleep apnea can cause you to cease breathing in your sleep, and can result in death. If you experience symptoms of sleep apnea (or have had someone else alert you that you have exhibited these symptoms), please seek prompt medical attention:
- Loud Snoring (especially when punctuated by periods of silence)
- Cessation/Pauses of Breathing During Sleep
- Waking up Gasping for Air/Shortness of Breath
- Difficulty Staying Asleep
- Waking With a Headache, Dry Mouth, or Sore Throat
- Problems Paying Attention During the Day
- Falling Asleep at Work or While Watching Television
The Dangers of Sleep Apnea and Sleep Deprivation
The chronic inability to get restful sleep creates a very dangerous condition, and may include symptoms that place your life and the lives of others around you at serious risk. Many victims eventually fall asleep while driving (often, this occurs without warning). In addition, individuals suffering from chronic sleep deprivation as a result of sleep apnea and other sleep disorders may experience severe physical and mental impairments that place them at serious risk of harm. Sleep deprivation affects your brain’s ability to operate effectively, complete tasks, focus, and react in a timely manner. Over time, sleep deprivation may contribute to the development of irritability, depression, anxiety, hypertension, weight gain, heart disease, and may eventually cause hallucinations and death if left untreated.
Sleep Apnea Evaluation and Treatment
Sleep apnea evaluation (nocturnal polysomnography) involves consideration of the symptoms you experience, as well as overnight observation and monitoring of your breathing patterns and body functions, including your heart and brain activity, limb movements, and blood oxygen levels during sleep. Your treatment will vary according to the cause of your particular condition. In some cases, we find that a physical obstruction exists within the mouth or respiratory tract, while lifestyle changes may correct the condition for some patients. Allergies may also be a culprit. For moderate to severe sleep apnea, devices including CPAP, EPAP, BiPAP, or oral appliances may be prescribed to help open up a blocked airway. Some patients with severe structural abnormalities may require corrective surgery.
For more restful sleep, contact Valley Health Care at: (304) 335-2050.
Valley Health Care Mill Creek
46 Town Center Plaza
Mill Creek, WV 26280
Tel: (304) 335-2050
Fax: (304) 335-6158
Mon., Tue., Thur., and Fri.: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Extended Hours on Wednesday: 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Valley Health Care Elkins
105 Nathan Street
Elkins, WV 26241
Tel: (304) 636-0133
Fax: 304- 637- 3568
Mon. – Fri.: 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.