Sleep studies program in SW helping patients dream again

August 4, 2014

New program at Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital diagnoses and treats sleep apnea

If you are one of the millions of Americans that have trouble sleeping, Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital (RPMH) now has a sleep study program that could help you get the rest your body needs. Adequate sleep provides many benefits, including increased alertness and improved memory and problem solving.
According to a report from the National Sleep Foundation, adults require approximately eight to nine hours of sleep each night to optimally function throughout the day. Recent national polls reveal that more than two-thirds of American adults and children don’t get enough sleep.
“As many as 18 million Americans each year have difficulty sleeping each night as a result of sleep apnea,” said Dr. Robert Eaker, a physician RPMH. “Sleep significantly impacts not only our ability to function, but also our health. Our program helps identify sleep disorders and allows us to prescribe a solution to help patients achieve the sleep they’ve been dreaming of.”
The sleep studies program at RPMH utilizes various equipment and testing techniques that help pinpoint the cause of a patient’s sleep disorder. Once a diagnosis has been made, physicians can map out a treatment plan.
Causes of sleep disorders can stem from a variety of problems. Although changes in lifestyle or work schedule can disrupt your sleeping pattern, other problems that can affect sleep include anxiety, chronic pains, depression and environmental conditions such as temperature and noise.
“You might have sleep apnea if you snore, or often feel exhausted after a night’s rest, have a history of hypertension or high blood pressure,” Dr. Eaker explained. “There are many other symptoms, but a leading indicator is listening to your own body. If you constantly wake up feeling tired, it likely means that you could have a sleeping disorder.
For individuals experiencing difficulty sleeping, Dr. Eaker has recommended that they first develop a sleep schedule and stick to it. By doing so, they can develop a more stable sleep pattern for their bodies to adjust to.
In addition, Dr. Eaker cautioned against smoking and consuming caffeinated beverages throughout the day, especially in the evening as they are both stimulants and can affect sleep patterns up to 12 hours after intake.
For more information on sleep disorders or to schedule an appointment with the sleep studies program, discuss with your doctor or call 325-235-1701 ext. 220.
About Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital
Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital provides healthcare for those in the communities they serve. Founded in 1976, Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital offers a wealth of medical services including: 24 hour emergency care, advanced radiology services including CT scanning and MRIs, outpatient lab, physical therapy, surgical services, swing bed services, patient education, home health and assistive services, and more. For additional information, please visit www.rpmh.net.

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