Receiving restful sleep is essential to overall health. Sleep disorders can cause decreased memory, problems concentrating, irritability, and even high blood pressure and potential heart failure if left untreated. At Andros ENT & Sleep Center in Inver Grove Heights, MN, we have a two-bed, in-house sleep facility where our educated sleep technicians conduct sleep testing to diagnose patients throughout the Twin Cities area. Once we have a diagnosis, we can design a treatment plan that is right for your unique condition and lifestyle.
SnoringSnoring is disruptive to not only your sleep but to the sleep of those around you. It prevents you from receiving restorative rest and can cause you to be fatigued and irritable.
CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure)A common treatment for snoring is the CPAP, which reduces snoring almost 100% of the time. It involves placing a mask over your face that delivers oxygen to you as you sleep to ensure you are receiving a proper amount of oxygen.
Sleep PositionSleeping on your side rather than on your back can reduce snoring. Or, you can place extra pillows under your head to open up your airways.
Fluid ConsumptionAvoid alcohol before bed, as it can make snoring worse. However, be sure to drink enough water before bed, because dehydration can also induce snoring.
Pillows & SheetsBe sure to wash your pillows and sheets on a regular basis, because allergens such as dust can collect on them, which can clog up airways and cause snoring.
Signs that you might have sleep apnea include:A sleep study at Andros ENT & Sleep Center can help determine if you have sleep apnea and the best course of treatment.
InsomniaPrimary insomnia is when the cause behind your inability to sleep isn’t another medical condition. Secondary insomnia is when restlessness is caused by a medical condition or a substance, such as certain medications. Both forms can cause irritability, fatigue, waking up in the middle of the night, and trouble with memory and concentration.
CausesCauses of insomnia vary. They can include increased stress and anxiety, illness, drinking caffeine or alcohol at night, medications and an uncomfortable sleeping situation.
TreatmentOften, mild insomnia can be treated simply by improving your sleep conditions and habits, such as avoiding caffeine before bed or making your bedroom a more comfortable space for rest. Medications that are preventing you from sleep can be reduced or changed in dosage with the guidance of a doctor. If there is a preexisting condition that is preventing you from sleeping, we can provide you with a sleep test to determine the cause and remedy it.
Shift Work DisorderSometimes, people have to work shifts that interfere with our natural sleeping schedule. Working overnight can be very difficult to adjust to, because it goes against our circadian rhythm which allows us to be awake during the day and asleep at night. Shift work disorder often involves inability to sleep, increased stress and irritability, constantly getting colds or the flu, and tiredness. If you are unable to attain a different work schedule, there are solutions to help your body adjust to the shift. Once you are properly diagnosed by one of our sleep specialists during a sleep test, we can come up with a treatment regimen for you. To help your body adjust to a new sleep schedule, try exercise, avoiding caffeine and alcohol to close to when you are going to bed, wearing earplugs to block out daytime sounds and reducing the light coming into your bedroom. You can also (carefully) try prescription sleeping pills during the adjustment period, or light therapy.
Other Sleep Conditions We Treat
- Sleep Walking/Talking (Parasomnia)
- Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
- Jet Lag Narcolepsy
Our FacilityOur sleep center includes a two-bed sleep lab that allows us to perform in-lab sleep studies right next to our ENT facility for the convenience of our patients. We have a gym in our clinic, where fitness experts will analyze you and provide you with goals and exercises, eventually transitioning to a fitness center. Exercise is essential to getting restful sleep and can help diminish several sleeping disorders. We also have a nutritionist who will work with you if you are overweight. At Andros ENT & Sleep Center, we have registered sleeping technicians who administer home sleep tests and arrange out-of-center tests, or OCT. Dr. Rosario works with patients using her expertise and the knowledge of her colleagues in various other medical industries to help patients receive a holistic approach to sleep relief.
Signs You Should Receive a Sleep Test
You should receive a sleep test if you are experiencing any of the following:
- • Others complain that your snoring prevents them from restful sleep
- • You are waking up several times during the course of the night
- • You are constantly tired even after sleeping
- • You wake up gasping
- • You have fallen asleep driving or doing other participatory actions
- • You are taking three or more antihypertensive/blood pressure medications
- • You have diabetes that is hard to control
- • You have difficult-to-control atrial fibrillation
- • You are thinking about receiving bariatric (weight loss) surgery