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Harris Methodist Southwest Hospital Announces Sleep Lab Services|
FORT WORTH, Texas – For the 40 million Americans suffering from chronic sleep disorders each year, trying to fall asleep can be a nightmare.
Even worse, lack of sleep can take a serious toll on health over time, contributing to the development of diseases like diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity and depression, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
To help diagnose and treat potentially serious sleep disorders, Harris Methodist Southwest Hospital will offer sleep lab services, beginning Aug. 4, for conditions such as sleep apnea, excessive snoring, narcolepsy and restless leg syndrome.
“Treating a sleep disorder in its early stages can prevent expensive care of a more serious health problem later on,” said Huy Duong, D.O., medical director of the new sleep lab for the hospital. “Our hope is that this diagnostic sleep program will improve our patients’ quality of life.”
Poor sleep due to a disorder can affect everything from our work performance to our personal lives, said Marcy Graves, director of cardiopulmonary services and director of the new sleep lab for the hospital.
“Sleep is what keeps us going every day,” Graves said. “Without it, your brain can’t fully function because it’s not receiving the oxygen it needs. If left untreated, disorders like sleep apnea can stress the heart and even lead to death.”
Sleep apnea, the most common sleep disorder, occurs when soft tissue in the rear of the throat collapses and obstructs breathing during sleep. Sufferers may stop breathing for 10 seconds or more up to 600 times per night. Symptoms include excessive daytime sleepiness, very loud snoring, gasping or choking awakenings, non-refreshing sleep and morning headaches.
A good night’s sleep
During the non-invasive study, trained sleep technicians will attach sensors to the head and body to monitor brain waves, eye movements, respiration, heart rate and muscle activity during sleep. The process is painless and does not involve injections, drugs or X-rays.
Depending upon the type of sleep disorder diagnosed, treatments can include airway pressure appliances, medication, lifestyle changes, weight loss, surgery, laser therapy, dental appliances, light therapy and internal body clock adjustments.
For more information on the hospital’s sleep diagnostic services, please call 1-888-4-HARRIS.
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