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Sleep study program

  • Sleep disorders can be treated. At Regina Hospital, our medical professionals focus on helping patients to identify and overcome sleep disorders. The program, which is located within the hospital has established a partnership with Precision Diagnostic Services, Inc. (PDS) and St. Paul Lung Center.

    Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) accounts for 80% of all sleep disorders. In a given night, a person with OSA may stop breathing 20-60 or more times per hour. Due to these periods of non-breathing, people may experience:

    • Snoring
    • Gasping or choking sensations
    • Excessive daytime sleepiness
    • Impotence
    • Mood swings
    • Weight gain
    • Frequent night time urination
    • Excessive sweating during sleep
    • High blood pressure
    • Early morning headaches
    • Memory loss

    Dangers of untreated obstructive sleep apnea

    When breathing stops during the night, blood oxygen levels drop. The sleeper is awakened just enough to inhale and resume breathing, often without being aware of the sleep disruption. In fact, most people with sleep apnea may be unaware of the problem. However, this repeated stress on the heart, brain and other organs cause a myriad of serious negative health consequences. Consider this, persons with undiagnosed or untreated OSA are:

    • 2-4 times more likely to develop complex arrhythmias
    • 2-3 times more likely to develop high blood pressure
    • 2 times more likely to suffer stroke
    • Consume 2 times the healthcare dollars
    • Have 50% more physician visits
    • Have an increased risk of motor vehicle or work accidents

    Treatment

    There are treatment options available for those diagnosed with OSA. Successful treatment can prevent or reverse potential life-threatening complications and improve the quality of your life. The benefits of proper treatment include:

    • Improved feeling of well-being
    • Improved work performance
    • Improved health
    • Improved memory
    • Decreased risks for heart problems, high blood pressure and stroke