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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.
Rest is best: Getting the right amount of sleep can improve your life
"It's important for your body to be able to get the rest it needs," said Heather Krenke, a technologist with Owatonna Hospital Sleep Center.
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More than one out of four people experience a sleep disorder at some time in their lives. Snoring, sleep apnea, restless limbs, insomnia and other sleep disorders can be treated at the Owatonna Hospital's Sleep Center.
A sleep study at Owatonna Hospital is done in a private, comfortable bedroom within the sleep department, located on the first floor. We have recently obtained two sleep number beds for our sleep studies. Each room offers a private phone, bathroom and shower facilities.
When patients come to the Owatonna Hospital Sleep Center, they can be guaranteed that there are standardized data collection and review processes. There is also active involvement by a medical director who makes sure standardized practices are integrated into the care we provide.
Sleep Center photo tour
This tour includes how to get to the Sleep Center on the first floor, as well as a glimpse into what is involved and what the sleeping rooms look like.
The Sleep Center is staffed by registered sleep technologists and respiratory therapists to provide the highest quality and educational experience.
All sleep studies are interpreted by a physician specializing in sleep medicine. Follow up care may be provided by either a referring physician or a sleep specialist.
Sleep Centers at Allina Health
We are part of Sleep Centers at Allina Health, 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.