Snoring? It Might Be a Call for Help

January 17, 2017

Teasing your spouse about their snoring may be fun and harmless but after reading the facts, you might think otherwise.

Snoring can be serious. Nearly one in five people suffer from long-term sleep disorders or occasional sleep problems…and the problems are no joking matter. Sleep apnea and other sleep disorders can be life-threatening and may put a person at higher risk for health problems such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke and obesity.

Symptoms of a sleep disorder include:

· Snoring loudly or heavily while asleep

· Holding your breath while you sleep

· Excessive sleepiness of lack of energy in the daytime

· Sleep problems interfering with your home or work life

· Drinking excessive amounts of caffeine

If you or someone you know experiences any of these behaviors, Mercy Sleep Center in Fort Scott can help. Talk to your physician about the symptoms, and if necessary, they can make a referral for a sleep study.

What happens during the study will put you at ease; it’s as simple as counting sheep. Rest your head on the pillow and let the Mercy polysomnographic technician do the work.

Mercy’s sleep center features two comfortable sleeping rooms that have the look and feel of home with comfortable blankets and nice décor.  Patients stay overnight for monitoring.  Sensors are placed at various points on the body to measure brain waves, air flow and eye movements.  Nearby, the technician is evaluating the information and documenting the trends while the patient sleeps.  Typically, the patient will leave the sleep center by 5 a.m. the following morning.  Test results are sent to the patient’s physician for review and the patient will have details in about a week.

To learn more about Mercy Sleep Center Fort Scott, visit


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