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How much sleep does a person need

The ideal magic number of sleep hours that are required is the amount of sleep that helps you awaken refreshed and ready to face the world. The requirement of sleep varies as per age requirements and is related to the maturity synaptic network in the brain

Total Sleep Requirements change over the life span of an individual as do specific Sleep Stage requisites. This wanes as the human brain matures. A newborn spends almost 17 hours in sleep in 24 hour period.

I just snore, does that mean I have a sleep disorder? How do I know I have a sleep disorder

Snoring is a result of vibration of the soft tissue of the upper airway that occurs when there is partial obstruction of the air coming from the mouth and nose to the lungs. Occasional snoring is usually not very serious.

However, if you are a habitual snore, or when the snoring is very loud or if the snoring is associated with long interruptions in breaths known as Apneic spells , frequent awakenings through the night or poor quality sleep and chronic headache and daytime sleepiness then it is likely that it is associated with Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome.

Snoring can also be disturbing to the bed partner and cause interruption of their sleep quality. Sleep Apnea Syndromes have deleterious effects on the heart and cerebrovascular system and may also have metabolic and hormonal consequences and should be immediately diagnosed and managed.

What is a sleep study

A sleep study or a polysomnography test is a method of measuring multiple physiological variables that occur in sleep including your brain activity, respiratory efforts, oxygen saturation and limb and muscle movements. At times it may be supplemented with video recording if there are any reported abnormal movements in sleep.

For children, it is possible to perform nap studies during the day to facilitate this procedure. A sleep study is typically done at night. And approximately 6-8 hours of recording is preferred. This is a non invasive test

Why is a sleep study important

A sleep study is an important part in the diagnoses of Sleep disorders as it enables your physician to accurately diagnose Sleep Apnea Syndromes and other intrinsic Sleep Disorders like abnormal limb movements or coexisting seizures disorders. A sleep study also gives insights into the various stages and restorative quality of sleep. Sleep disturbances can result because of insufficient Quality of sleep

Untreated Sleep disorders increase your chances for having heart failure, Diabetes etc. Sleep disorders are also related to self injuries to the patient as well as to their bed partners.

Why care about sleep

Sleep is as essential as diet and exercise. Sleep is very important for the daily functioning of the body. Sleep helps in consolidation memory and also helps maintain the homeostasis of the body. Inadequate sleep can result in fatigue, depression, concentration problems, illness and injury.

Poor sleep causes high blood pressure, atherosclerosis, heart failure, heart attack and stroke, diabetes, and obesity. Poor sleep can cause of impaired immunity and memory.

What is sleep apnea

Sleep apnea (AP-ne-ah) is a common disorder in which you have one or more pauses in breathing or shallow breaths while you sleep. As a result, the quality of your sleep is poor, which makes you tired during the day.

Sleep apnea is a leading cause of excessive daytime sleepiness and risk factor for Stroke and Heart Diseases.

What kinds of treatments do you offer

At Sleep Disorders Clinic we offer a multidisciplinary holistic approach weight loss behavioral changes, OMT, PAP therapy, dental devices and counseling are provided

How many times do I need to come in for treatment

Any 2-3 nights are required for diagnosis evaluating and initiation of treatment. Patients are regularly followed up to ensure optimum compliance.

Who is most at risk for sleep disorders

Sleep apnea is more common in men, increases with age and if BMI > 32. Restless Leg Syndrome is common in co-morbid Anaemia, kidney and nerve/ back problems. Insomnia is more prevalent with stress in today’s work place. Delayed Sleep Phase Syndrome is common in adolescents due to peer pressure and depression