If you or a family member snores, it could be more than just an annoyance. It could be a symptom of a much bigger problem.
More than 70 million Americans suffer from sleep disorders. Daytime sleepiness and loss of productivity are only the tip of the iceberg for individuals with sleep-related problems. Sleep disorders can lead to an increased risk for high blood pressure, heart attack and stroke.
If you or a loved one suffers from any of the following symptoms, you may want to seek medical advice.
- excessive daytime sleepiness
- morning headaches
- memory loss
- reduced attention and concentration
- falling asleep at inappropriate times
- unusual movements or behaviors that occur during sleep
Many hospitals now offer sleep lab services to evaluate sleep problems and identify courses of action. Additional information on identifying and treating sleep disorders is available in a podcast by Ann Romaker, M.D., of Saint Luke’s Health System in Kansas City, Mo.
Many hospitals offer sleep disorder education sessions. Search the events page on Missouri Health Matters to find services available in your area.
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