Sleep Health Specialist

Allina Health Apple Valley

Medical Center located in Apple Valley, MN

Enough can’t be said about the importance of good, restorative sleep, which allows your body time to repair and re-energize each night. When good sleep is hard to come by, it takes its toll on both your physical and mental health in many ways. The Apple Valley Medical Center offers special sleep health services designed to help patients in Apple Valley, Minnesota and the surrounding areas, get to the bottom of their sleep issues. If you’re not getting the sleep you need, call to book an appointment.

Sleep Health Q & A

Why do I need sleep?

You've probably heard the old saying about getting at least eight hours of sleep each night. If you lead a typically busy life, carving out this time may be difficult, but here's what good sleep can accomplish regarding your health:

  • Sleep enables your cells time to repair and rebuild
  • Deep sleep lowers your heart rate and improves circulation
  • While you sleep, your brain processes information and creates memories
  • Your body regulates your hormones during sleep

There’s not much that a good night’s sleep can’t accomplish when it comes to giving your body a break in order to tend to itself.

What are the most common sleep problems?

Sleep disorders generally affect your ability to fall asleep or stay asleep, but they also include problems with excessive sleepiness. The most common of these problems are:

  • Insomnia, which affects both your ability to fall asleep and stay asleep
  • Sleep apnea, which prevents you from getting uninterrupted sleep
  • Restless legs syndrome
  • Narcolepsy, or excessive daytime sleepiness
  • Sleep walking
  • Night terrors
  • Bruxism, or teeth grinding

How are sleep issues treated?

One of the most important steps in treating your sleep disorder is to conduct a sleep study in order to gather information about your brain’s activity and your body’s functions while you sleep. Allina Health United Lung & Sleep Clinic also offers specialty care at the Apple Valley Medical Center.

Once your problem is diagnosed, the providers have a number of tools and treatments, depending on your underlying condition, which include:

  • Oral appliances for teeth grinding
  • Continuous positive air pressure (CPAP) devices for sleep apnea
  • Weight loss programs
  • ENT (ear, nose, and throat) consultations
  • Behavior modification
  • Therapy or counseling

Sleep disorders are tricky, and the providers often rely on a multipronged approach that includes lifestyle changes and specific treatments or devices, such as those listed above. You can be sure, however, that the providers work exhaustively to remedy your problem, enabling you to get the restorative sleep you need.

If you’re unable to get a good night’s sleep, call the Apple Valley Medical Center today.


About Sleep Disorders

Poor sleep quality can be very frustrating, but it also can be dangerous. If you are not getting a refreshing night’s sleep, your ability to think clearly, perform your job effectively or even drive your car safely may be affected.

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