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Sleep Medicine and Respiratory Therapy

​At SSM Health St. Francis Hospital - Maryville, we know that the quality of your sleep can affect your quality of life. That's because sleep​​ is directly related to your overall health. Sleep ​disorders can cause daytime sleepiness, morning headache, depression, and sometimes more serious conditions such as hypertension and heart failure.

Common Symptoms of Sleep Disorder

  • Snoring, interrupted by pauses in breathing
  • Gasping or choking during sleep
  • Restless sleep
  • Excessive sleepiness/fatigue during the day
  • Poor judgment or concentration
  • Irritability
  • Memory loss
  • High blood pressure
  • Depression
  • Obesity
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Frequent urination at night

Types of Sleep Disorders

  • Sleep Apn​ea:​ Periods of sleep where the individual temporarily stops breathing.  This is a serious disorder that left untreated can cause or aggravate other medical conditions such as hypertension, congestive heart failure and cardiac arrhythmias.

  • Insomnia: Sleeplessness or poor quality sleep.  It can refer to the inability to fall asleep, where the onset of sleep takes 30 minutes or more. It also can refer to waking up frequently during the night or waking up too early in the morning.

  • Narcolepsy: Frequent and uncontrollable desire for sleep. Sufferers of narcolepsy can fall asleep without warning as in while driving a car or during the performance of tasks requiring concentration and alertness. Some narcolepsy patients awaken after daytime sleep unaware that they have fallen asleep.​​​

Sleep Statistics

  • ​18 million Americans suffer from Sleep Apnea​
  • ​In adults 35 years and older, 9% of males and 6% of females may suffer from obstructive sleep apnea
  • 38,000 die annually from cardiopulmonary problems associated with sleeping disorders​
  • 90% of the population goes undiagnosed due to lack of knowledge