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About Sleep Disorders

Sleep disorders can affect people of all ages, from infants and children to the elderly. Two of our six sleeping rooms are specially designed for pediatrics. The most common sleep disorder is sleep apnea, but there are numerous other sleep disorders, such as insomnia and narcolepsy.

Our sleep technologists meet with patients to help them understand what to expect during a sleep study. Sleep center staff are also available to answer patients' questions by telephone. The number is 605-322-REST (7378).

How to Determine if You Might Have a Sleeping Disorder

Sleep is one of the most basic human needs. Nearly every human function works at a higher level after a restful night of sleep. So it makes sense that getting too little sleep can affect everything you do. A restless night leads to excessive tiredness and lowered productivity. If it happens consistently, it can lead to even greater problems - like high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke or even death.

Are You Getting the Sleep You Need?

Answer the questions below to find out if you might suffer from a sleep disorder.

Do you or a family member:

  • Snore excessively?
  • Awaken suddenly, gasping for breath?
  • Twitch, kick or move restlessly throughout the night?
  • Awaken in the morning with a headache?
  • Feel sleepy during the day, despite a “normal” night of sleep?
  • Have a difficult time remaining awake during the day - especially while driving, operating dangerous equipment or performing during the workday?
  • Have trouble falling or staying asleep?
  • Walk, talk, moan or grind teeth while sleeping?
  • Lie awake at night feeling worried or anxious?
  • Have high blood pressure?

If you can answer yes to any of the above questions, you could suffer from a sleep disorder. Call your doctor today to be referred to the Avera McKennan Sleep Diagnostic Center.