Ending Sleepless Nights



Ending Sleepless Nights
By: Wendy Ray

PADUCAH, KY --Does it ever feel like the only time of the day you get to relax is when you're going to bed?

That seems to be the case most of the time, but you should treat your "sleep time" just like any other part of the day. You should get the most out of your rest, because getting enough sleep could help your health. 70 million Americans have sleep disorders, it's a common disorder to have the problem is most people don't even know they have one. That's why more emphasis is being put on sleep disorders.

The Sleep Center at Lourdes Hospital in Paducah stays busy with patients wanting a fix to their sleepless nights. In the lab patients have their brain waves monitored along with their blood oxygen levels, in hopes of getting a better night's sleep. The time in the lab could also catch unknown health problems. Sleep Center Director Rick Irvan says, "Some of which are coronary artery disease, hypertension, even impotence and stroke. They're finding out once you treat sleep apnea a lot of those diseases get better."

Irvan says you should get around 7 to 9 hours a sleep every night. Not drinking caffeine, or exercising before bed could help you get a better night's rest.