Sleep Medicine and Sleep Studies

Sleep Medicine and Sleep Studies

Why is Sleep Medicine so Important?

Countless research studies confirm the importance of a good night’s sleep and long term health, yet statistics show that Americans do not get enough sleep and suffer from sleep disorders, such as: Sleep Apnea, Insomnia, Narcolepsy and Restless Legs Syndrome.

Sleep Apnea: A breathing sleep disorder where your breathing stops and starts repeatedly while you sleep. Common symptoms may be loud snoring or you are tired after a complete night’s sleep. Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common type of sleep apnea and occurs when your throat muscles relax too much and cause you to stop breathing for a period of time.

Insomnia: Difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep and/or waking up too early in the morning.

Narcolepsy: A sleep disorder where a person sleeps more than normal, has sleep paralysis, hallucinations and may have episodes of cataplexy which is partial or total loss of muscle control that is often triggered by a strong emotion like laughter.

Restless Legs Syndrome: This sleep-related movement disorder is characterized by frequent and irritating urges to move one’s legs during a restful state.

Sleep and Sleep Disorder Statistics

According to the American Sleep Association:

  • 50 to 70 million U.S. adults have a sleep disorder
  • 48% report snoring
  • 9% reported unintentionally falling asleep during the day at least once in the preceding month
  • 7% reported nodding off or falling asleep while driving at least once in the preceding month
  • Drowsy driving is responsible for 1,550 fatalities and 40,000 nonfatal injuries each year in the United States
  • Insomnia is the most common specific sleep disorder, with short term issues reported by about 30% of adult and chronic insomnia by 10%
  • 25 Million U.S. adults have obstructive sleep apnea
  • 9 to 21% of women have obstructive sleep apnea
  • 24 to 31% of men have obstructive sleep apnea

What is a Sleep Study?

A sleep study here in Slayton, MN is an overnight test that allows sleep professionals to monitor patients while they sleep to see what is happening in their brain and body. The sleep studies take place in a sleep lab here at Murray County Medical Center.

What to Expect During a Sleep Study?

You will sleep onsite here at Murray County Medical Center, in a comfortable and private sleep environment. A sleep technician will hook you up to a polysomnogram (PSG) which is an overnight sleep test. The polysomnogram sensors are placed on your body (head, face, chest, limbs) to monitor your brain waves, muscle movement, heart rate, breathing and snoring while you sleep. Sometimes a video camera will record your physical movements.

Accredited Sleep Study Program

In March 2018, Murray County Medical Center’s Sleep Study Program received accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Health Care (ACHC). This three-year accreditation ensures that our Sleep Study Program meets or exceeds all required standards set by ACHC. All ACHC accreditation surveys are conducted by Sleep Specialists who offer evidence-based best practices to ensure all quality measures and standards are met or exceeded.

Kris Rohrer, RCP Respiratory Manager
Kris Rohrer, RCP, Respiratory Manager, oversees Sleep Studies Respiratory Therapy at Murray County Medical Center.
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