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Sleep Care

Sleep Care

Sleep Care:  Helping you rest so you can be your best!

Consistently getting a good night’s sleep is essential for your mind and body to function well throughout the day.  For those individuals who suffer from snoring, excessive daytime sleepiness, irritability and/or gasping upon waking, Sleep Care is here for you.  Our goal is to provide convenient, quality diagnostic sleep services to our community.  Sleep Care is able to diagnose and treat a variety of sleep disorders including sleep apnea, narcolepsy, insomnia and restless leg syndrome.

What is a sleep study?

A sleep study or polysomnogram is a medical test performed in a private, climate controlled suite while the patient sleeps.  Sleep studies are non-invasive tests that are completed on an outpatient basis at night.  Our sleep technologist will apply sensors to monitor and record your heart beat, brain activity, muscle movement, breathing efforts and oxygen levels.  The study will be analyzed by a board certified pulmonologist who will determine the correct treatment.  Certain disorders require a second sleep study to evaluate the level of treatment.

How often do we perform studies?

Mercer Health performs sleep studies every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday night.  With our complete bathroom facilities, many of our patients will shower and go to work after testing.  Other accommodations, including day studies, may be done upon request.

How do I get an appointment?

Sleep Care welcomes physician and patient referrals.  The patient can call Sleep Care to set up an appointment with Jayanth K. Gutta, M.D., our board certified pulmonologist, for an initial evaluation or may be referred directly by another physician.

For more information or to schedule an appointment with our pulmonologist, please contact us at 419-678-ZZZZ (9999).

 

If you think you may have a sleep disorder, please take our sleep quiz.

 

Simple Tips for Better Sleep  

  1. Develop a sleep routine:  Creating and maintaining a sleep routine will help your body relax and prepare for sleep.  The following will help you get into a routine:  
    • Go to bed and get up at the same time everyday.
    • Keep the bedroom dark, cool and quiet, and avoid television. Using some low, consistent background noise like a fan or soft music may be helpful for some.
    • Take a warm bath approximately 90 minutes prior to going to bed. This may help with relaxation. Keeping the body warm and the room cool will help.
  2. Avoid napping:  Try not to nap late in the afternoon or evening as this may affect your ability to fall asleep later.
  3. Stop watching the clock:  Do not create extra anxiety because you cannot fall asleep.  It is more beneficial to get up and do something non-stimulating until that tired feeling returns.
  4. Clear your mind:  Although difficult at times, do not go to bed with today’s regrets and tomorrow’s worries occupying your mind.
  5. Avoid certain substances prior to bedtime:  Do not ingest caffeine, alcohol or nicotine within 6 hours of bedtime.  Do not eat a large meal prior to bedtime, but a light snack may help avoid the discomfort of an empty stomach.  Do not drink a lot of fluids prior to sleep. 
  6. Exercise:  Regular exercise completed four hours prior to bedtime will help you rest well.
  7. Use your body’s natural cues:  Do not try to sleep if you do not feel tired. 
  8. Sleep when the sun is down:  Absence of natural light is an environmental cue for your mind and body to rest.

 

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