More than 50 million Americans suffer from a sleep disorder at some time in their lives. These disorders should not be treated lightly. They can lead to problems with attention, concentration and memory, psychiatric disorders like depression and anxiety, and more serious problems like high blood pressure, cardiac arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), stroke, diabetes and even death. Fortunately, sleep disorders are very treatable and their treatment usually leads to significant life improvements.
Ogden Clinic is proud to have a neurologist double board-certified in Sleep Medicine at our Professional Center North location. Dr. Chris Hammond has specialized training for sleep disorders such as sleep apnea and insomnia. He has helped hundreds of patients return to a healthy, restful sleep through conducting sleep studies.
If you answer yes to two or more of the following questions, you may be suffering from a sleep disorder.
Has your sleeping partner ever told you...
If so, talk to your provider!
If you have questions about a sleep problem or disorder, your health care professional may refer you to a sleep lab in Ogden where you can participate in a sleep study (also called a polysomnogram). Before the sleep study takes place, you will likely be asked a variety of questions about your medical and sleep history. The doctor may even want your bed partner's responses to some questions since you may not be aware that you snore, stop breathing or kick your legs when sleeping.
A sleep study usually begins in the late evening and ends about 6:00 AM. When you arrive at Ogden Clinic, a staff member will explain more about the test and answer any questions you might have. You will be asked to change into your nightclothes. After changing, a technician will connect you to non-painful sensors so you can be monitored and information collected throughout the night. You’ll spend the night in a private bedroom and the technician will monitor you from another room throughout the night.
Afterwards, Dr. Chris Hammond will interpret the results and forward his interpretation to the physician who ordered the sleep study. Appropriate follow up is then arranged for effective sleep disorder treatment.
Sleep studies are generally easy to tolerate, comfortable for patients, and give the sleep physician the information he/she needs in order to accurately diagnose and provide the best sleep disorder treatment for Ogden patients.