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According to the Sleep Foundation, it’s estimated that more than 70 million people in this country suffer from a sleep disorder. Symptoms of a sleep disorder include daytime sleepiness or fatigue, falling asleep during the day at inappropriate times, un-refreshing sleep, waking up gasping for air, and snoring. Officially, there are 81 documented sleep disorders, some of the more common ones include:
- sleep apnea
- hypoventilation syndrome (HVS)
- restless leg syndrome
- seizure disorders
- inadequate sleep hygiene
At Memorial Sleep Disorders Center, we offer sleep studies and sleep consultations (we recommend you contact your insurance company to verify coverage to see a specialist)
The sleep disorder center at Memorial Hospital is accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.
About Memorial Sleep Center
The highest level of sleep medicine in Colorado Springs offered at one convenient location. The Memorial Sleep Disorders Center at Memorial Hospital is an advanced, hospital-based Colorado Springs sleep center. We provide the highest level of sleep medicine services from a multi-specialty team of sleep medicine doctors and specialists in Colorado Springs.
Our Sleep Medicine Services
You can receive all of your sleep disorders care at one location. At Memorial Sleep Disorders Center, we provide:
- sleep studies
- pre- and post-sleep study consultations
We can evaluate and treat any sleep condition that you may be suffering from. Common sleep disorders we evaluate and treat include:
- sleep apnea
- restless leg syndrome
Our sleep center is accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) assuring you receive the highest quality and appropriate sleep disorders care right here, in Colorado Springs.
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Sleep disorder treatments
We offer the full array of sleep disorders care in Colorado Springs. Common sleep disorders we evaluate and treat at Memorial Sleep Disorders Center include:
- Restless Leg Syndrome
- Sleep Apnea
Sleep may often seem overrated, and even a waste of time, but in order to stay healthy everyone must make time for it. To stay healthy emotionally and physically, sleep is needed in certain amounts and on a daily basis. Sleep also helps the body rest after a long day, recover after an injury and/or illness and helps the body feel more energized. If people don’t make time to get their rest, their actions may result in consequences such as a higher risk for diabetes, obesity, depression and even heart conditions like heart disease.
Those who don’t get adequate amounts of sleep will soon notice their emotional and mental health deteriorating. For example, they may not be as productive, and their daily routine may seem much more stressful. It is also said that those suffering from insomnia will have a greater risk of developing certain psychiatric problems. Recent studies have also shown that those who get an inadequate amount of sleep each night have a harder time with these tasks:
- Learning new things
- Mathematical problems
Sleep Disorder Facts:
A lack of sleep can cause an uproar in the home and on the job. Inadequate amounts of sleep often lead to relationships that suffer, and also fewer job opportunities. Sleeping problems can also create many dangerous situations that result in injury and/or even death. Here are just a few facts provided by the National Sleep Foundation:
- In America, at least 40 million people have come forward with a sleep problem.
- Around 60 percent of adults have never been asked or have never discussed with their physician their sleep patterns, while 20 percent have not taken the time to ask for sleep information.
- Sleep concerns become more problematic with age.
- Annually, sleepy drivers cause at least 100,000 reported accidents in the United States.
- Each year, sleep problems cause approximately 100 billion dollars to be lost due to unproductivity and health care expenses.
How Much Sleep Do We Need Daily?
For most healthy adults, 7-9 hours of sleep is required each night. Though each person may require a certain amount, people should aim for 7-9 hours of shut eye daily. Now, if someone were to suffer from any of these problems, they may need more sleep:
- Having a hard time remembering or concentrating on things throughout the day
- Having trouble staying awake and/or alert when doing boring activities
- Feeling irritable and unreasonable with those closest to them
Getting Help for Sleep Problems
For anyone suffering with sleep problems, there is always a way to seek help. Many people don’t understand that their sleep problems are linked and a result of different systems in the body. For example, patients suffering from narcolepsy have a neurological disorder, while those suffering from sleep apnea have a respiratory condition that needs attention.
Different sleep disorders will be treated by different specialists. For example, someone seeking treatment for their narcolepsy won’t be going to a specialist that mainly focuses on sleep apnea. Though there are all sorts of helpful physicians out there, there are also many helpful medical specialists. A person can go and seek treatment with the help of many different programs, rehabilitation centers and mental health centers. There are certain standards and certifications that physicians must meet in order to become certified for the American Board of Sleep Medicine.
Each patient should take the time to further discuss with their physician any sleep concerns that they may have.
Schedule an Appointment
To schedule a sleep study or consultation for your sleep disorders treatment, please call: 719-364-8840
Please note: Sleep studies and consultations may require a physician’s order and are covered by most insurances.
What to Expect If You Are Scheduled for a Sleep Study
A sleep study requires an overnight stay in our clinic and is considered an outpatient visit by your insurance company. After checking in, you are taken to your private room equipped with a bed, private bathroom and cable television. Your technician explains the procedure and answers your questions while preparing you for the test. Electrodes are attached to collect the data. The wires are long enough for you to move around the room and turn over in bed. You may read or watch television until your normal bedtime. You are monitored throughout the night and you can page your technician if you need anything. Tests typically end around 5:30 to 6:30 a.m.
A final report is ready in 7 to 10 days. We fax a copy to your referring doctor. We encourage you to schedule a follow-up appointment with your doctor to discuss the findings of the sleep study. If you need treatment, it is discussed at that time.
Our Sleep Doctors and Specialists
Receive your sleep disorders care from our multi-specialty team of Colorado Springs sleep doctors and specialists At Memorial Sleep Disorders Center, we have multi-specialty teams of Colorado Springs sleep doctors and specialists who are part of your sleep disorders care to include board-certified sleep specialists, nurse practitioners, sleep technologists, to name several — all at one location.
Sleep Doctors and Specialists Who Provide Sleep Disorders Care
Lack of sleep can be bad for your health. Not only can it be a bad feeling to feel tired all the time yet to lie awake at night, unable to sleep, but it can cause high blood pressure, heart problems, obesity, diabetes and other issues. Lack of sleep can have a negative effect on your relationships, job and overall productivity and performance, and it can also be incredibly dangerous to drive or operate machinery when you aren’t getting enough sleep. Therefore, it is essential that you address any sleep-related issues that you might be having with a doctor right away. Doing so can allow you to get the rest that you need, and it can reduce or eliminate the issues that lack of sleep can cause.
Although you might be unsure of who to see about your sleep-related problems, there are plenty of sleep doctors and specialists out there who can help. The cause of your sleep-related problems will depend on the type of specialist who you will need to see, but your primary care physician might be able to help or point you in the right direction.
Primary Care Physician
Many people are nervous about talking to their primary care physicians about specific health issues, but your regular doctor may be able to help you with your sleep-related problems. Physicians know a lot more about sleep apnea and other sleep-related issues and disorders than they did in the past, and your primary care physician can often assess these issues and provide you with the treatment that you need. This makes it easier for you to address these issues at a regular physical, and it can save you a bit of cash over paying a specialist in many cases.
If your child is having problems sleeping, you might want to consider taking him or her to your regular pediatrician for treatment. Pediatricians can often assess and treat sleep-related issues in their patients, and your child might feel more comfortable being seen by his or her regular doctor rather than by a specialist who he or she has never met before.
Many people do not realize this, but a lot of sleep-related issues stem from people having a difficult time breathing at night. Sleep apnea can be a highly dangerous condition, and it can make it difficult for you to rest at night. There are other related issues that can have an effect on your sleep as well. A pulmonologist specializes in diseases and problems that are related to the respiratory tract, and one of these specialists can help you to determine whether your sleep-related problems are related to any respiratory issues.
Some problems that are related to your brain and nervous system, such as restless leg syndrome, can make it almost impossible for you to sleep. These issues can often be diagnosed by neurologists, who specialize in treating neurological disorders. If you feel as if restless leg syndrome or another similar condition is a part of your sleep-related problems, you should consider scheduling an appointment with a neurologist for help.
Dentist or Orthodontist
Although you might not think that a dentist can do anything to make it easier for you to sleep, dental health professionals can actually help with sleep apnea and other respiratory issues by creating a mouthpiece that will make it easier for you to breathe — and therefore, sleep — at night.
Mental Health Professional
Although physical medical problems are often the source of sleep-related issues, stress and depression can also make it difficult for you to sleep. If you feel as if you are depressed or if the stress in your life is making it difficult for you to rest at night, you might want to consider seeing a psychiatrist, psychologist or therapist. Sometimes counselling or mild anti-depressants or anti-anxiety medication can help you to get the sleep that you need.
An otolaryngologist is more commonly known as an “ears, nose and throat doctor.” One of these physicians can help you to assess any snoring problems or other breathing issues that you might be having; for instance, snoring is often a symptom of sleep apnea, and an otolaryngologist can help.
In many cases, it can be difficult to determine what the cause of your sleep-related problems really is. Sleep centers and laboratories are dedicated to helping people to determine the cause and extent of their sleep-related problems, however, and these facilities can often help you to determine the cause of and solution to your sleeping problem.
How to contact a sleep doctor in Colorado Springs
To schedule a sleep study or consultation with one of our Colorado Springs sleep doctors or specialists at Memorial Sleep Disorders Center, please call 719-364-8840.