Many people suffer from sleep deprivation, and often the cause is a sleep disorder like sleep apnea, restless legs syndrome or narcolepsy. The Sleep Lab at Regional Medical Center has four bedrooms where patients can spend the night while a technician monitors their sleeping patterns. A physician studies the results to diagnose and recommend the appropriate treatment plan.
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Sleep apnea affects more than 18 million Americans, a majority of whom are middle-aged men. Risk factors include being male, overweight and over the age of 40, but sleep apnea can strike anyone at any age. Knowing your risk profile will enable you to take control of your health and provide you with the best defense against sleep apnea.