Sleep deprivation has a measurable negative effect on performance, and physical and mental health. Symptoms include sleeping poorly, snoring, waking up tired, falling asleep during the day and waking up with headaches, resulting in reduced energy, difficulty concentrating, mood changes and a greater risk for accidents. Adult symptoms differ from those of children and symptoms may often mimic other conditions. Proper diagnosis is a necessary first step to assure that all symptoms are treated properly. There are 84 classified sleep disorders that can affect the quality of sleep. Some of these include sleep apnea, narcolepsy, chronic insomnia, restless leg syndrome, periodic limb movement disorder and circadian rhythm disturbances.
Washington County Hospital is equipped with state of the art equipment to perform detailed sleep studies that help the physician determine the nature and cause of sleep disorders. Sleep studies are scheduled to coordinate with the patient’s normal bedtime schedule. Tests begin in the evening and night, so that patients can avoid taking time off from work. Sleep studies are covered under most medical insurance plans. Deductibles and percentages of coverage vary for each policy. Sleep studies require a referral from a physician and can be scheduled by calling 1-888-38SLEEP.