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St. James Parish Hospital has a Sleep Disorders Center to diagnose and treat Sleep Apnea—right here in the comfort of your own community. The test requires patients to spend the night in a private room.  During the sleep test, electrodes and sensors monitor a patient’s brain waves, cardiac rhythms, oxygen levels, and respiration. For most patients, one overnight stay is all that is needed to determine the sleep disorder and its cause.

Sleep Apnea is serious if untreated. If you or a loved one is suffering from one or more symptoms of Sleep Apnea, discuss it with your physician. You can get the help you need right here at home.

What is Sleep Apnea?

Extreme sleepiness during the day is the most common symptom of Sleep Apnea. Sleep Apnea is a common, yet serious disorder that occurs when breathing stops for 10 seconds or more during a night’s sleep. Certain problems in the airway cause interruptions in breathing during sleep. When the airway narrows, it can result in snoring, periods of no breathing and frequent arousals in sleep.

Untreated, Sleep Apnea raises the risk of high blood pressure, coronary artery disease, irregular heart rhythms, heart attack, stroke, memory loss, vehicle accidents, and even death.

Common Symptoms of Sleep Apnea:
  • Extreme drowsiness and waking up at night
  • Excessive daytime sleepiness
  • Irregular breathing during sleep
  • Snoring
  • High blood pressure
  • Overweight
  • Large neck
  • Apnea events
  • Loud snoring, choking, or gasping during sleep
  • Morning headaches
  • Trouble with concentration or memory
  • Mood changes, depression
If You Have Sleep Apnea:
  • Avoid drinking alcohol to excess
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Avoid smoking
  • Try not to sleep on your back; you may also want to raise the head of your bed
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