What is Sleep Testing and Optimization?
Sleep is so essential to life that we can live longer without food than we can without sleep. Just one night of bad sleep can lead to a decrease in concentration, memory, headache, fatigue, poor physical performance, and mood. The long-term effects can be harmful to the immune system, lead to an increase in stress hormones, and increase the risk of cardiovascular disease. Low sleep quality is often the result of poor sleep hygiene and/or undiagnosed sleep disorders. Poor sleep hygiene (“habits”) is common, especially in our high-stress and tech-driven world.
Undiagnosed sleep disorders such as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) are especially dangerous. Oftentimes, men do not realize they even have a problem. They wake up feeling unrested, suffering fatigue and drowsiness throughout the day. It’s estimated that about 34% of middle-aged men likely suffer from undiagnosed OSA. Known risk factors are obesity, male sex, and older age. There is an alarming prevalence of OSA in patients who suffer from cardiovascular diseases such as high blood pressure, pulmonary hypertension, coronary artery disease, stroke, heart failure, and atrial fibrillation.
At The Men’s Clinic, we recognize that OSA is a serious but treatable medical condition that is underdiagnosed among patients. As part of our Concierge Wellness Plan, and as an add-on option for our other plans, we perform a comprehensive sleep quality assessment and can offer sleep testing when appropriate. Sleep is meant to be restorative and quality sleep is critical to good health and wellness.
What Steps Should I Take Going Forward?
To meet with our team and take advantage of the many benefits of our program philosophy, contact our Tucson office by calling or filling out our online form.Contact Us!
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