Connecting Sleep and Health
Our Sleep & Diagnostic Center at Pawnee Valley Community Hospital in Larned, is where quality sleep starts. At our state-of-the-art sleep center, all aspects of the center have been designed with the patient in mind. It features two private rooms with a relaxed home-like atmosphere. We can monitor and diagnose the issues interfering with healthy sleep and prevent potentially life-threatening complications of conditions like sleep apnea.
Common signs and symptoms of sleep apnea include:
- Excessive daytime sleepiness
- Loud, disruptive snoring
- Restless sleep
- Difficulty concentrating
- Depression or irritability
- Morning headaches
- High blood pressure
- Frequent awakenings
Many people are not even aware that they have sleep apnea. Often, a bed partner is the first to witness symptoms.
What is sleep apnea?
Sleep apnea is a general term for breathing problems that occur during sleep. People with sleep apnea stop breathing throughout the night – sometimes up to 100 times per hour. Sleep apnea affects approximately 20 million adults, and has serious negative health effects, especially when combined with other conditions.
If you suffer from high blood pressure, diabetes, heart trouble or are overweight, treating your sleep apnea may improve all of these conditions while making you feel noticeably better.
Take our sleep quality assessment to see if you have sleep issues that may require medical intervention. For more information or to schedule an appointment or set up an evaluation, please call us at 620-285-8620.
Pawnee Valley Community Hospital also hosts a Sleep Apnea Awareness Clinic on the second Thursday of every odd month. Each month will feature a special presentation.
Sleep Apnea Awareness Clinic
- Second Thursday of Every Odd Month
- 5:30 – 6:30 pm
- Pawnee Valley Community Hospital
- 923 Carroll Avenue, Larned KS
What is CPAP Therapy?
CPAP is the most widely accepted treatment for sleep apnea. A CPAP machine is a bedside device that gently delivers pressurized air through a nasal mask you wear while you sleep. This pressure acts like an “air splint” to keep the upper airway open and help prevent apnea. CPAP treatment does not involve drugs or surgery and helps hundreds of thousands of people worldwide enjoy healthier sleep and a healthier life. Many patients experience the benefits quickly – often after the first night of use. There is no cure for sleep apnea at this time, so the CPAP machine is one of the best options to prevent complications from sleep apnea.
Sleep Quality Assessment
Take the Sleep Quiz below to score your sleep and then work with us to develop a plan for better sleep.
Would you like to live a life where you finally have enough energy to go on walks and become more active doing the things you love to do? If so, maybe it’s time to take action and see if sleep apnea is what is holding you back from the life you were meant to live.
Take The Sleep Quiz listed below and then talk to your doctor about your score and your obstacles to a good night’s sleep. Your life is waiting for you, so what are you waiting for? It’s time for you to take control and be the best you can be. You’re just one step away from a great night’s sleep.
The Sleep Quiz
Read the statements below, and simply circle true or false.
- I feel sleepy during the day, even when I get a good night’s sleep.
- I get very irritable when I can’t sleep.
- I often wake up at night and have trouble falling asleep.
- It usually takes me a long time to fall asleep.
- I often wake up very early and can’t fall back to sleep.
- I usually feel achy and stiff when I wake up in the morning.
- I often seem to wake up because of dreams.
- I sometimes wake up gasping for breath.
- My bed partner says my snoring keeps her/him from sleeping.
- I’ve fallen asleep driving.
If you circled true more than twice, you may want to discuss your sleep problem with your healthcare professional. Don’t wait – make the call today!
For more information or to schedule an appointment or set up care, please call us at 620-285-8620.