Chronic sleep problems affect 40 million Americans and have a big impact on their health and well-being. Insufficient sleep has been linked to medical conditions including obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. Sleep restores our bodies and minds. We need sleep to survive. Disruptive sleep can cause personality changes, difficulty focusing or concentrating when awake. It causes sleepiness in adults and hyperactivity in children.
Who is seen in our Sleep Disorders Center?
Patients are seen from the age of 2 to adult. If a child uner the age of 15 of an individual is not able to follow commands or take care of their immediate needs on their own, a parent or caretaker must spend the night with them and be available to assist if needed. This helps with the comfort and ease of the patient and allows us to have an accurate and successful procedure for the specialist to interpret.
Common Sleep Disorders and Associated Symptoms
Insomnia – Difficulty falling or staying asleep. There can be a number of factors that can lead to this. Some factors include depression, anxiety, stress, health conditions, medications, pets and environmental changes.
Sleep Apnea – Apnea means “without breath.” Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common type of apnea and occurs when an individual has repeated brief, temporary (10 to 120 seconds in length) narrowing or closures of the upper airway with decreases or pauses of breathing (hypopneas or apneas) during sleep. This is a medical condition that can cause frequent awakenings during the night that the individual is not even aware of. Symptoms include snoring, gasping, snorting, moaning, changes in weight, restless sleep, anxiety, depression, irritability, sexual problems, and morning headaches. Click here and here for more information about Obstructive Sleep Apnea.
Restless Leg Syndrome – Aching or a tingling sensation in the legs or arms causing frequent movement. It can cause insomnia, disruptive sleep, and daytime sleepiness.
Narcolepsy – Disorder of the central nervous system that causes excessive daytime sleepiness. Narcolepsy can also cause cataplexy, sleep paralysis, or hallucinations.
How a Sleep Disorder Diagnosis is Made
Our sleep centers have specially trained sleep physicians available for consultation to determine the course of action needed to treat your symptoms.
You may be asked to fill out a questionaire and a diary reviewing your sleep patterns, lifestyle, and health history. The specialist may review , with your permission, what has been noticed while you sleep with a bed partner or family member to determine the best course of action. The sleep specialist or your physician, after a consultation, may order a polysomnogram or sleep study to help identify and diagnose a sleep disorder.
Download the questionaire here.
Sleeping in the Sleep Disorders Center
If the physician has ordered a sleep study at our facilities, some instructions will be given:
What to expect during a Sleep Study
Our program is certified by AACVPR.
Most health insurance companies will cover the diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders. We always encourage patients to check with their insurance companies on coverage and any out-of-pocket costs.
Sleep Disorder Center Locations
We have two sleep disorder center locations to serve you. Each location has four spacious sleep testing rooms available.
Rockford Memorial Hospital [Map]
2400 N. Rockton Avenue, D-1 Wing
Rockford, IL 61103
Rockford Health Physicians – Perryville [Map]
3401 N. Perryville Road, Suite 200
Rockford, IL 61114
Don’t ignore your symptoms! If you feel you are not getting a good night’s sleep, please talk to your physician. You can call us at the Rockford Health System Sleep Disorders Center at (815) 971-5595.
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