May is Better Sleep Month - Better Sleep Month brings awareness and education to consumers about the importance of sleep to health and quality of life.
Hi, I'm Chris Barch, RRT, Cardiopulmonary Manager, Hudson Hospital Sleep Center. Welcome to my blog!
Is snoring keeping you up at night?
Snoring occurs when the flow of air from the mouth or nose makes the tissues in the airway vibrate. This can be due to blockage (obstruction) or narrowing in the nose, mouth or throat. Snoring is more common in men than in women, and many times it’s just simple snoring. If you or your loved one stops breathing, chokes or gasps during sleep, there may be something more going on. It’s called sleep apnea, and can be serous. If you think that might be the case, contact your doctor to discuss the possibility of scheduling a sleep study.
Our pulmonologist Charlene McEvoy, MD, Hudson Hospital Specialty Clinic, suggests these quick fixes for snoring:
- Lose weight (if needed)
- Sleep on yhour side, not your back
- Avoid using alcohol or sedatives before bed
- Quit smoking
- Raise the head of your bed four inches by putting bricks under the legs of the bed.
Hudson Hospital Sleep Health Center:
If your snoring is serious, and you have trouble sleeping, you may benefit from seeing a specialist at Hudson Hospital Sleep Health Center.
Our new sleep center opened last fall and is designed with a healing environment, from the soft color pallete to the lighting and carefully planned out sleep labs. Here are some of the amenities: queen size sleep beds with adjustable mattress settings; private rooms with bathrooms/showers; isolated area with no disturbances, white noise system and noise filtering system; dimmable lights for optimal sleep hygiene.
How do I make an appointment for a sleep study?
First, make an appointment with our pulmonologist in the Specialty Clinic at 715-531-6700. After your assessment and if you are a candidate for a sleep study, your test will be scheduled with the Sleep Health Center.