Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder characterized by pauses in breathing during sleep. Each episode, called an apnea, lasts long enough so that one or more breaths are missed, and such episodes occur repeatedly throughout sleep. Sleep apnea is diagnosed with an overnight sleep test called a polysomnogram, or a "Sleep Study".
It is estimated that up to 70 million Americans suffer from some type of sleep disorder. Lack of sleep and sleep disorders have become a national concern as studies have linked sleep issues with a multitude of health problems. Sleep apnea, for example is associated with numerous disease states including cardiovascular disease, depression, obesity, Type 2 diabetes, hypertension and stroke. Treating sleep disorders can reduce the chances of developing some of these serious diseases and can even reduce some of the symptoms associated with them.
Central Minnesota Sleep Specialists offers complete diagnoses and treatment for adults and teenagers suffering from a wide range of sleep disorders.
A consultation with Dr. Greatens regarding your sleep complaint can be arranged at our Baxter sleep facility. Your primary care provider may refer you to the clinic or you may self refer to the clinic for an evaluation. Dr. Greatens is also available in Crosby and Wadena.
It is national sleep week March 7-13 www.sleepfoundation.org