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Not getting enough sleep is more than an annoyance.
It can impact many areas of life-your health, safety, job performance, home life and personal relationships. Driving while drowsy puts yourself and others in danger. It can be like drunk driving, according to the National Sleep Foundation. Not getting enough sleep also has been linked to weight gain.
If you are one of the estimated 40 million Americans with a sleep disorder, successfully treating it will not only give you a better night's sleep, it will improve your health and other areas of your life.
To learn how to get a good night's sleep, read these helpful hints.
Diagnosis and Treatment
Established more than 20 years ago, Spectrum Health Sleep Disorders Centers provide diagnosis and treatment for all types of sleep-related conditions. We treat both adult and pediatric patients. Some of the more common sleep conditions we treat include insomnia, restless leg syndrome, sleep apnea and narcolepsy.
Watch the videos of Spectrum Health sleep physicians explaining sleep health, obstructive sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome, insomnia (part 1, part 2) and narcolepsy.
Our sleep disorders program is designed to meet the needs of individual patients and provide access to multiple levels of treatment. Our Lake Drive testing site in Grand Rapids, the largest in our network, offers 18 private rooms. The homelike ambiance at the facility provides a comfortable setting, featuring full-size adjustable beds, private bathrooms and cable TV.
For many patients, diagnosis and treatment takes place in one or two nights. Treatment may include medication, continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machines, surgery, or behavioral therapy.
If you require an overnight sleep study, you will be scheduled to check into one of our centers for a sleep evaluation. During your stay, monitoring devices will be used to measure breathing, brain activity and movement. You also will be monitored overnight with video cameras.
Watch these videos to learn more about sleep-disordered breathing and therapy options (video part 1, video part 2) and about treatment with positive airway pressure therapy (video part 1, video part 2).
Spectrum Health provides access to physicians who are knowledgeable in sleep disorders. We incorporate the expertise of neurologists, psychiatrists, pulmonologists, nurse practitioners and sleep technologists in our diagnosis and treatment. Our experienced and dedicated staff members work with a large number of sleep patients each year. Research has shown a positive correlation between a high number of cases and quality of care.
Convenient and Accessible
With ten locations for sleep assessment and testing, Spectrum Health's network of sleep centers is the largest in West Michigan. We also provide the only pediatric testing facility in West Michigan.
Tips for Changes to/from Daylight Savings Time
- Exercise: Regular exercise helps people sleep better, but exercise close to bedtime tends to disrupt sleep.
- Distract your mind when trying to fall asleep: Don’t lie in bed getting frustrated. Try reading, watching television, or listening to music.
- Designate “worry time”: Set aside 30 minutes in the evening to sit alone and assess the things that are troubling you. Write your worries down. Resolve not to lie in bed and worry about the things you wrote down.
- A comfortable bed in a dark, quiet, cool room is the best setting for a good night’s sleep.
American Academy of Sleep Medicine
American Sleep Apnea Association
National Sleep Foundation
Restless Leg Syndrome Foundation