Lack of sleep is more serious than just being tired. Sleep loss has been linked to increased rates of depression, weight gain, hypertension and cardiovascular problems. It can make fighting infection tougher and can even lead to type 2 diabetes.
You may have one of 80 documented sleep disorders – including insomnia, restless legs syndrome, obstructive sleep apnea or narcolepsy – if you experience any of the following:
- Loud snoring
- Irregular breathing patterns, pauses in breathing or choking while asleep
- Sleepwalking, sleep talking or other unusual behaviors
- Difficulty falling or staying asleep
- Restlessness at night
- Sleepiness or reduced ability to perform daytime activities
- Decreased sexual drive
If you think you may have a sleep disorder, your first step is to undergo an evaluation and diagnosis at the Sleep Center at University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview. Our care team includes of board-certified physicians and technical personnel with experience in diagnosing and treating all types of sleep disorders.
We may recommend a sleep study at the Sleep Center, where you’ll spend the night in five-star-luxury hotel while technicians monitor you to evaluate the quality of your sleep.
Treatments of diagnosed sleep disorders include, but are not limited to, medication, behavioral therapies, oral appliances and constant positive airway pressure (CPAP) masks.
Conrad Iber, M.D.:
“Sleep is more important for our health and happiness than most people realize. We all have trouble sleeping now and then. But if you have persistent difficulty either falling asleep or being too sleepy, or if you have loud snoring or frequently stop breathing while asleep, you should get help to determine if you have a sleep disorder. Often, simple changes produce great results and more restful sleep.”
Sleep Apnea Support Group
A.W.A.K.E. (Alert, Well and Keeping Energetic) is a mutual-help support group for persons affected by sleep apnea. Learn more about what you can do improve your health and quality of life. Representatives are available to do machine pressure checks (bring your equipment) and talk with you about additional medical devices and services offered. For more information or to pre-register, call Colleen at 612-273-3393.
The Sleep Center at University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview — accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations — aims to help those deprived of much-needed sleep and improve their quality of life.
At University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview, we balance the latest in technology and treatments with patient-centered care. As the core teaching hospital of the University of Minnesota Medical School, our hospital is among the most respected in the nation, providing superior health care results.Clinic Locations:
University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview
Riverside Professional Building
First Floor, Suite 106
606 24th Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55454For appointments:
612-273-5000Sleep Medicine team:
Jagdeep Bijwadia, M.D.Tereza Cervenka, M.D.Cornelia Dahm, M.D.Bennett Goltz, P.A., M.S.Michael Howell, M.D.Conrad Iber, M.D.Snigdha Pusalavidyasagar, M.D.LyNette Rasmussen, R.N., M.S.N., F.N.P.