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Sleep medicine

The link between good health and good sleep

Sleep and fatigue-related issues can impact your life in many ways, affecting your health, energy, work performance, social life and more. Our team of sleep professionals can help.

Our sleep medicine specialist

Jefrey Start, DO

Common treatable conditions

  • Sleep deprivation occurs when an individual fails to get the normal amount of sleep each night amounting to approximately seven to eight hours, leading to feeling alert and well rested. Teens need an average of about nine hours of sleep per night, and children need nine hours of nightly sleep or more, depending on their age.

  • Insomnia is the most prevalent sleep disorder in the general population. It includes difficulty with falling asleep, staying asleep or both. It is also includes the feeling of dissatisfaction some people experience despite adequate opportunity for sleep often leading to daytime impairment.

  • Sleep apnea is the narrowing of the upper airway that impairs normal breathing during sleep. Left untreated, it often leads to high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, depression, anxiety, insomnia, diabetes type II and other serious health problems.

  • Shift work disorder is the development of poor sleep resulting in incomplete wakefulness and impaired performance. It occurs due to non-standard work schedules, including permanent or intermittent night work, early morning work, and rotating schedules.

  • Restless legs syndrome is an urge to move the limbs that is usually associated with achiness, numbness or tingling, that starts or become worse with rest, is usually partly relieved by stretching or walking and the condition gets worse in the evening or at night.

  • Narcolepsy includes severe daytime sleepiness and poor quality sleep at night but also sufferers can have other problems such as spells of partial or total body weakness, awakening paralyzed for 10 to 30 seconds or longer and dream-like experiences while still awake.

To make an appointment, at Great Plains Health Sleep Medicine, please call 308.568.3500.

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