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Sleep affects your quality of life

Approximately 15% of the general population suffers from sleep disorders. Insomnia is the most prevalent disorder followed by sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common form of sleep apnea, causing breathing to repeatedly stop and start during sleep.

Symptoms that may indicate a sleep disorder include:

  • Daytime sleepiness and feeling generally tired all the time
  • Restless sleep at night
  • Bed covers are in disarray upon waking
  • Snoring that rouses you or others in your household
  • Suddenly awoken gasping for breath
  • Difficulty concentrating or poor memory
  • Pauses in breathing during sleep
  • Frequent urination at night

Sleep Study Programs

Gunnison Valley Health offers polysomnography an overnight sleep study that records detailed information and shows how your body reacts during sleep. A technician attaches sensors to your body for the study. The sensors will monitor a variety of body functions including brain waves, heart rate, breathing patterns, oxygen levels, eye movement and limb movements.

Gunnison Valley Health offers at-home and hospital-based sleep studies. There are differences in the data collected during the studies and your provider will work with you to determine the best option for you.

The Epworth Sleepiness Scale is a wonderful tool that you can use to start a conversation with your provider if you are experiencing sleep disturbances and want to explore if a sleep study is right for you.

Scheduling Your Sleep Study

Once your provider sends an order for your sleep study, our cardiopulmonary therapy team will contact you to schedule your testing and walk you through the procedure and what you will need to do to prepare.

Follow Up Information

After the study is complete, it takes approximately two to three weeks for the results. You will need to follow up with your ordering provider to obtain your results. Please be aware that current issues with the medical equipment supply chain is causing a delay in the delivery of C-PAP equipment.

If you have additional questions or would like more information, please contact our cardiopulmonary department at (970) 642-7295.

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