Everyone needs sleep, but unfortunately, not everyone gets a good night’s sleep. Having trouble falling asleep, staying asleep or just simply getting enough sleep are common problems experienced by many.
According to the National Institutes of Health, 50 million to 70 million Americans suffer from sleep problems, but only a small percentage are diagnosed and treated. If you suffer from sleep issues or are just simply tired of being tired, it’s recommended that you speak to your physician or seek treatment from a sleep professional.
“Sleep is important because we have to do it. There is not a single animal that does not need sleep,” says Oscar Schwartz, MD, BJC Medical Group sleep disorder specialist and medical director of Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital’s Sleep Disorders Center. “Most importantly, if someone does not get a sufficient quality or quantity of sleep, they may face future medical issues often associated with inadequate sleep.”
Individuals not getting a good night’s rest might find themselves facing issues such as high blood pressure, high blood sugar and weight gain.
“At some point, a person not getting adequate sleep might find themselves developing further complications often associated with these issues, such as heart disease, stroke, dementia, diabetes or Parkinson’s Disease, to name a few,” Dr. Schwartz says.
May is Better Sleep Month. If you find yourself having difficulty sleeping, Dr. Schwartz recommends you try to address the issue before complications arise. You may try to make changes on your own or, if needed, seek help from a professional such as the fully accredited, nationally-recognized Sleep Disorders Center at Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, where sleep medicine experts can help you find a solution through a thorough evaluation.
If you are interested in participating in a sleep study or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Schwartz or one of our sleep physicians, call 314.542.WEST (9378) or toll-free 844.542.9378 or request a call for an appointment.