Electrodes are attached in preparation for a sleep study.
Wake Forest Baptist Health Lexington Medical Center provides both adult and pediatric sleep studies.
Sleep apnea is as common as adult diabetes and affects more than 18 million people, but 90 percent of the people who have sleep apnea are unaware of their condition. Usually it is the bed partner who first notices that the person is struggling to breathe during sleep.
Untreated, sleep apnea can cause high blood pressure and other cardiovascular disease, memory problems, weight gain, impotency and headaches. Untreated, sleep apnea may be responsible for job impairment and motor vehicle crashes.
There are three vital things you need to know about sleep apnea:
- Not only does sleep apnea result in sleep deprivation, but it can also threaten life.
- Sleep apnea is a progressive sleep disorder.
- Treatment for sleep apnea is necessary and usually successful.
The signs and symptoms of sleep apnea include, but are not limited to:
- Frequent cessation of breathing during sleep
- Choking or gasping during sleep
- Loud snoring
- Sudden awakening to restart breathing
- Waking up in a sweat during the night
- Feeling unrefreshed in the morning after night's sleep
- Headache, sore throat or dry mouth in the morning
- Daytime sleepiness, including falling asleep at inappropriate times
- Rapid weight gain
- Memory loss
- Short attention span
- Poor judgement
- Personality changes
If you have any of these symptoms, you may have sleep apnea. Consult your physician or call the Sleep Lab at Lexington Medical Center at 336-238-4414 for more information.
Pediatric Sleep Studies
Lexington Medical Center's Pediatric Sleep Lab can evaluate a variety of sleep-related conditions in infants and children including insomnia, narcolepsy, seasonal affective disorder and common problems such as sleepwalking, nightmares, restless leg syndrome, nocturnal seizures and sleep apnea.
Working in conjunction with the child's pediatrician or primary care physician, the Pediatric Sleep Lab offers a variety of diagnostic tests to help determine what's wrong and how to fix it.
The Pediatric Sleep Lab is staffed by physicians and technicians from the Sleep Disorders Center at Wake Forest Baptist Health. The results of the tests performed at the Pediatric Sleep Lab are interpreted by board certified sleep specialists at the Sleep Disorders Center in Winston-Salem and relayed to the child's primary care physician.
Signs of Sleep Disorders
How can I tell if my child has a sleep disorder?
The first step is to identify the symptoms by looking for certain behaviors during the day, which can be signs of sleep deprivation. The next step is to discuss these symptoms with your child's pediatrician or primary care physician and be evaluated.
Indicators of sleep-related problems include:
- Difficulty falling or staying asleep
- Lack of sleep which affects behavior or learning
- Chronically sleepy or irritable during the day despite apparently
getting enough sleep at night
- Snoring and breathing difficulty, especially when associated with
bedwetting beyond age three; poor school performance; attention
deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD); and/or a slow rate of
growth/failure to thrive
- Difficulty breathing, breathing heavily, or snoring while asleep;
always sleeps with mouth open
- Frequent leg or arm jerks while asleep; funny unpleasant feeling
in legs during the evening when at rest
- Difficulty waking for school in the morning; sleeps several hours
later on weekends
- Frequent nightmares; screaming, yelling, thrashing, or walking
- Excessive daytime sleepiness
- Unusual sleep positions
- Cognitive and behavioral problems (e.g. aggressive behavior)
- Morning headaches