There is nothing as refreshing as a good night’s sleep. On the other hand, the consequences of insufficient or poor quality sleep are profound and may include: impairment of memory, learning, and concentration; increased irritability; poor performance at work; marital discord; higher pain sensitivity; weakened immunity against illness; a higher risk for developing obesity, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and depression; and a greater chance of having a car crash.
How can you tell you may be suffering from disordered sleep?
Here are 5 Signs you are NOT getting the quality sleep you need:
- Not feeling rested after a full night’s sleep. Do you spend 7-9 hours in bed each night, but still feel groggy during the day? This is a sign of poor quality sleep, even if you think you are a deep sleeper.
- Trouble falling or staying asleep. Taking more than 20 minutes to fall asleep may be an indicator of insomnia.
- Waking up frequently. The body doesn’t simply shut down at night. During deep sleep, the blood supply to the muscles increases and growth hormones are released that help repair tissue and form new red blood cells. If your sleep cycle is interrupted frequently, these restorative processes cannot occur.
- A spouse or family member witnessed you stop breathing while asleep. Sleep apnea is a common disorder characterized by pauses in breathing or shallow breathing while asleep.
- Frequent Snoring. Snoring is not always a sign of an underlying condition, but chronic, loud snoring is often associated with sleep apnea.
A convenient way of detecting sleep apnea and other sleep disorders is called the WatchPAT Unified Home Sleep Test (HST). It can be worn on your wrist, overnight, in the comfort of your own bed. Several studies have validated its accuracy in diagnosing sleep problems, and it has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
The WatchPAT measures the quality of sleep and detects potential disorders. It also calculates the time spent in each stage of the sleep cycle and notes if interruptions occur during the night. If the regenerative processes that occur during your sleep cycle are disrupted — especially during deep and REM sleep — the body cannot properly heal and re-energize itself.
If you think you may be suffering from disordered sleeping, please know that we are here to get you back on track for a restful and restorative night’s sleep.
WatchPAT Unified Home Sleep Test is a service provided at the Kaplan Center for patients and non-patients. WatchPAT service includes an initial evaluation by a Kaplan physician, WatchPAT test, interpretation, and a follow-up appointment to review the results. We will also provide a written interpretation of your results to take to your primary care physician. Please call 703-532-4892 if you would like to schedule an appointment.