A good night’s sleep helps your heart and vascular health Losing sleep does more than make you cranky. Did you know that lack of sleep can seriously affect your health?
At least 40 million Americans suffer from chronic, long-term sleep disorders each year, and certain sleep disorders have been linked to hypertension, heart disease, heart failure, diabetes, and even obesity. “There are advanced health consequences from persistent sleep deprivation,” says David Corley, MD, the medical director of the Harrison Sleep Disorders Center in Bremerton. “For example, 30 to 50 percent of those with heart failure, hypertension, atrial fibrillation, and aschemic heart disease have also been diagnosed with sleep apnea.”
Common sleep disorders include: Obstructive sleep apnea, a disorder characterized by loud snoring, gasping,or choking for breath during sleep due to an obstructed airway. Insomnia, characterized by the chronic inability to fall asleep or stay asleep. Narcolepsy, also known as “sleep attacks,” results in excessive—and even irresistible—daytime sleepiness combined with sudden muscle weakness. Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS), creates an unpleasant “creeping” sensation, often associated with aches and pains throughout the legs, and an irresistible urge to move the legs. Circadian Rhythm Disorders, caused when a person’s circadian rhythm (internal body clock) is disrupted.
Say goodbye to sleepless nights The first step to treating a sleep disorder is proper diagnosis. Your primary care provider can refer you for a sleep study at Harrison’s Sleep Disorders Center, the largest accredited sleep center on the Kitsap and Olympic peninsulas. At Harrison, board-certified sleep specialists evaluate patients, and can diagnose up to 84 known sleep disorders. “There are many different options of sleep studies depending on your symptoms, from overnight in-lab studies to daytime studies and even home sleep studies,” says Dr. Corley. Overnight studies are conducted in comfortable, private rooms, each offering a queen-sized bed, bathroom, and breakfast the next morning.
How much sleep is enough? The amount of sleep you need varies, says sleep specialist Dr. David Corley, but there are general guidelines to follow:
Age Hours 0-1 year 14 hours 1-3 years 12-14 hours 3-5 years 11-13 hours 5-10 years 10-12 hours Teens 8-10 hours Adults 7-9 hours
Get your zzzz's The experts at Harrison’s Sleep Disorders Center can answer questions about sleep studies and physician referrals.