Brookings Health System Recognizes National Sleep Awareness Week

Posted: 3/5/2012

In recognition on National Sleep Awareness Week, March 5-9, Brookings Health System reminds our community about the importance of a good night’s rest.

Research shows that adequate sleep is key to a healthy lifestyle. However, one-third of Americans do not experience quality sleep. This can be a sign of an underlying sleep disorder. Symptoms may include:

  • Snoring
  • Sleepiness during waking hours
  • Being overweight
  • Morning headaches
  • High blood pressure
  • Irritation, fatigue, and difficulty concentrating
  • Difficulty staying awake while driving, watching TV, reading a book or attending a meeting
  • Waking up choking for air or having a skipping or racing heart during the night

During National Sleep Awareness Week, Brookings Health System encourages our area residents who experience difficulty sleeping to speak with their physician regarding their symptoms. He or she can recommend a sleep study with Brookings Health System’s trained experts to monitor brain waves, breathing patterns, eye movement, blood oxygen levels, and other parameters needed to study sleep.

Brookings Health System’s Sleep Diagnostics Facility is located in a home environment at Brookhaven Estates, 2400 Sunrise Ridge Circle. The home setting helps patients sleep as normally as possible in order to obtain accurate measurements.

To take the Epworth Sleepiness Scale or a virtual tour of Brookings Health System’s Sleep Diagnostics Facility, visit www.brookinghealth.org/sleeplab.