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Getting enough sleep is important. It affects your physical and mental health.
Although there are more than 80 types of sleep disorders, the most common include: sleep apnea, insomnia, restless leg syndrome, periodic limb movement disorder and narcolepsy.
Snoring is caused by a vibration of tissues in your throat from air passing through as you breath in. About five out of 100 people who snore might have a life threatening disorder called obstructive sleep apnea (your breathing stops or gets very shallow while you are sleeping).
Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder in which you stop breathing while asleep. Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when air cannot flow into or out of your nose or mouth. This is the most common type of sleep apnea.
Restless leg syndrome (RLS)
Restless leg syndrome (RLS) is a disorder that causes you to have unpleasant feelings in your legs. You may feel sensations such as creeping, itching, crawling or pulling.
If you have insomnia, you may have trouble falling asleep, staying asleep or waking up early in the morning. This leaves you feeling unrefreshed in the morning and tired, irritated and drained of energy the next day.
Polysomnography is a special study of your sleep. It records your brain activity, eye movements, breathing, heart rate, oxygen level, and chin and leg muscle movement patterns. For the sleep study, you will spend the night at a sleep center.
For more about the sleep lab or to schedule an appointment, call 507-217-5150.
A good night's sleep is closer than you think
Not getting a full night of restful sleep affects your disposition, your ability to concentrate and can severely affect your health.
Common sleep problems include sleep apnea, excessive daytime sleepiness, and restless leg syndrome. Oftentimes, the symptoms of a sleep disorder are fatigue and sleepiness during the day, morning headaches and loud snoring or spells where you stop breathing at night.
Allina Health Sleep Centers
We are part of Allina Health Sleep Centers, a network of comprehensive services for people who have difficulty staying awake during the day, falling asleep at night and/or staying asleep. To learn more, visit allinahealth.org/sleep.
Do I have a sleep problem? The answers to a few simple questions may show whether you might need a sleep study.