Make Sleep a Priority in 2019

Trying to fit in all of our obligations often comes at the expense of sleep but it simply needs to be a priority. Sleep restores our body and fuels our day and you cannot adequately and consistently perform socially, at your job, and for your family without it. Simply put – it’s essential for good health and safety.

“The problem is many people do not view lack of sleep as a medical condition in need of attention” shares Director of the Sleep Disorders Lab at Divine Savior Healthcare, Mike Lindner, but “according to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, more than 70 million people in the U.S. have a sleep disorder and many of those are completely unaware of it”.

While an occasional late or restless night is normal, difficulty sleeping for several weeks can be dangerous and indicative of a more serious medical condition in need of attention.

If you or a loved one are experiencing problems sleeping, now is the time to take charge of your health. 

If you experience the following, you may be suffering from a sleep disorder:

  • Loud, habitual snoring
  • Tired or groggy feeling upon awakening
  • Choking, gasping or holding breath during sleep
  • Falling asleep quickly, especially during normal wake hours
  • Overweight and / or have a large neck
  • Trouble falling asleep at night
  • Frequent morning headaches, dry or sore throat
  • Regularly irritable, anxious, or short tempered


Effects of prolonged lack of sleep:

Lack of sleep can make your daily life feel more stressful or cause you to be less productive. Sleep loss has been found to impair the ability to perform tasks involving memory, learning and logical reasoning, while poor sleep can lead to difficulty concentrating, accomplishing simple tasks and handling minor irritations.


“Those diagnosed with sleep disorders suffer real consequences, including reduced energy, excessive daytime sleepiness, diminished mood, greater risks for motor vehicle and heavy equipment accidents, and pain resulting from the physical and mental effects from a lack of sleep,” Lindner says.

In addition, sleep disorders significantly increase your risk for obesity, hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, dementia/early aging, lower immunity, and some cancers.


What you can do if you’re suffering:

“I recommend that patients who start experiencing problems sleeping keep a sleep diary for a week or more,” states Divine Savior Healthcare Pulmonologist and sleep specialist Dr. Clint Bonebrake. “This diary will help give you and your doctor a picture of your sleep habits and schedules.”   Bring the diary in to your physician to discuss how things you are doing may be affecting your sleep. Your physician will evaluate you and discuss your options. If you need further evaluation, they can then refer you to a sleep specialist”.

“People experiencing problems with sleep do not have to continue to suffer. We now know more than ever about the process of sleep and can provide treatments to address the majority of sleep disorders,” states Dr. Bonebrake. “A patient may be recommended light therapy, medication, an oral appliance, surgery or other treatments to solve their sleep problems.”

Stop counting sheep and get back to sleep!  Divine Savior Healthcare’s Sleep Disorder Center is accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and we’re pleased to have on staff Board Certified Sleep Medicine Specialist Dr. Clint Bonebrake.  The center performs a variety of diagnostic and therapeutic sleep tests and offers comprehensive follow-up with patients who have diagnosed sleep disorders. Talk to your primary care provider if you are experiencing sleep problems. For more information on sleep studies at Divine Savior Healthcare, call us at 608-742-4131 or visit www.dshealthcare.com.

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Top Ten Tips for More Sleep

  1. Start going to bed 10 to 15 minutes earlier. Still feeling sleepy during the day? Push it back another 15 minutes
  2. Keep daytime naps to 20 to 30 minutes in length and take them before 3:00 PM  
  3. Avoid caffeine in the late afternoon and alcohol close to bedtime
  4. Exercise: Regular physical activity can lessen stress and help improve sleep
  5. Commit to a routine and try to go to bed and wake up at the same time each day
  6. Make your sleep environment dark, quiet, comfortable and cool
  7. Sleep on a comfortable mattress and pillows
  8. Use your bedroom for sleep and sex only, not TV, electronics, etc.
  9. Do not eat 2-3 hours before bedtime
  10. Avoid nicotine





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