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Bancroft O'Quinn, Jr., M.D. - Physician | Lebanon, TN Restless sleep Woman with sleep disorder

If you snore loudly, hold your breath during sleep, experience broken or restless sleep, sweat a lot during the night, find it difficult to wake up in the morning, wake up with a headache, and are sleepy or moody during the day, you may have obstructive sleep apnea. A polysomnogram, also known as an overnight sleep study, may be required to diagnose your specific sleep disorder.

 

Did you know that more than twenty million Americans have Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)? Someone with OSA literally stops breathing long enough to deprive their body of oxygen. This condition occurs repeatedly during sleep and deprives patients of deep and restful sleep. This also deprives them of the rest and regeneration normally associated with the one-third of their life that should be spent sleeping.

 

The condition can prevent you from getting the rest you need and can lead to more serious health problems.

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  • My friends and/or family have told me that I snore loudly.

  • I wake up more than two times per night.

  • I feel sleepy or sometimes dozy during the day.

  • I weigh more than my recommended weight.

  • My friends or family have told me that I am a restless sleeper.

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  • I experience unusual feelings in my legs.

  • I've been told that I have long pauses in my breathing or that I gasp for air while sleeping.

  • I sweat a lot during sleep.

  • My neck size is greater than 15 inches (women) or 17 inches (men).

  • I easily fall asleep while watching TV or relaxing.

Are you in need of a good night's sleep?

What is a sleep study and how does it work?

What are my treatment options?

The doctor orders the sleep study and it is scheduled at your convenience, giving you control over the start time and allowing you to sleep as late as you normally would.

 

The study will be performed at our lab in an environment similar to your own bedroom. We use queen size beds and each room has cable television.

 

Once the study is completed, it is interpreted by the doctor. Subsequently, the results are explained to you in our office. It’s as easy as that! If the test reveals that you have Obstructive Sleep Apnea, a second sleep study would be necessary to determine the appropriate therapy.

After we conduct your sleep study, it would then be possible for the doctor to develop a treatment plan just for you.  Treatment may include tips on how to improve your sleep (sleep hygiene), use of a machine called CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) to keep your airway open while you sleep, and, as a last resort, surgery.  Our treatment goals are to eliminate the pauses in breathing during sleep, stop the snoring, and make sleep more restorative.

 

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