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Sleep disorders are at best, life-disrupting. At their worst, life-threatening.

In Michigan alone, thousands of people suffer from a sleep disorder of one form or another. Some have severe snoring with airway obstruction and irregular breathing (Sleep Apnea); some can't get enough sleep (Insomnia), and some can't seem to stop falling asleep (Narcolepsy). Disorders such as insomnia and sleep apnea impair the ability to function normally while awake and can seriously endanger health. They cause many people difficulty at work, at home, and while driving as well as impacting various areas of personal health. Common disorders include trouble falling asleep and staying asleep, difficulties staying awake or adhering to a consistent sleep/wake cycle, sleepwalking, nightmares, severe snoring and breathing problems, and other problems that interfere with getting the downtime your body truly needs. Rest assured, sleep disorders can be identified and treated.

If you have sleep apnea, there is a device called a CPAP that you can wear when sleeping that assists you in breathing. As a result, a restful night's sleep can occur and symptoms such as falling asleep while driving, nodding off to sleep at work, irritability and lack of energy may disappear.

Severe snoring, periodic limb movements (PLM), restless leg syndrome (RLS), narcolepsy, insomnia, and parasomnias are serious conditions that may disrupt your sleep and can be diagnosed at the sleep center through a sleep study.

Sleep Medicine at McLaren Central Michigan

McLaren Central Michigan has established a program and facility to diagnose and treat individuals with sleep-related disorders. The Sleep Diagnostics Center can care for patients, adults and children, who have difficulties remaining awake or staying asleep, and whose most common symptoms are daytime sleepiness, night-time sleep disturbance, and snoring. Once the study has identified the problem, treatment is available.

Symptoms evaluated during the studies can include:

  • Excessive daytime sleepiness
  • Poor quality sleep
  • Abnormal sleep/wake rhythm
  • Snoring/Sleep Apnea
  • Oxygenation/breathing problems
  • Movements during sleep
  • Who can refer you to the Sleep Diagnostics Center?