My initial intake form is extremely detailed. I want to know everything about my patients. Favorite foods, color and frequency of urine and bowel movements, last prostate exam and PSA score, history of medical history, copy of most recent blood work, and last but not least – sleep. How much sleep, how one sleeps, how many times one wakes up and what time/s does one wake up, does one dream; all this information is crucial to a complete medical intake. Why? Because, poor sleep is often overlooked, therefore never pursued at a doctor’s office and not diagnosed as perhaps sleep apnea.
Sleep Apnea, according to the Mayo Clinic is ” a potentially serious sleep disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts. You may have sleep apnea if you snore loudly and you feel tired even after a full night’s sleep.
There are two main types of sleep apnea:
- Obstructive sleep apnea, the more common form that occurs when throat muscles relax
- Central sleep apnea, which occurs when your brain doesn’t send proper signals to the muscles that control breathing
It has been determined that lack of sleep due to sleep apnea can cause a myriad of secondary symptoms. Here’s a SHORT list: anxiety, depression, ADHD in children, headaches – particularly in the morning, poor memory, lack of focus, fibromyalgic pain, poor quality of the turgor of the skin, glaucoma (caused by lack of oxygen to the eyes via rest), hearing loss due to lack of oxygen to the ears, erectile dysfunction and nocturia due to the hypertension associated with the lack of sleep, lower birth weight in babies born to women who don’t get good sleep, acid reflux, broken bones due to trips, slips and falls from overtired individuals – accidents occur more often, heart palpitations arrhythmia, stroke and diabetes due to poor circulation from lack of oxygen.
….and that was the short list.
WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU COMPLETED AN INTAKE FORM AT YOUR DOCTOR’S OFFICE AND WAS ASKED IN DETAIL ABOUT YOUR SLEEP? ALL my patients are asked about their sleep on every visit whether they are in for knee pain, M.S. or allergies. Sometimes, they are sent out to a sleep center and sometimes they are diagnosed with the root cause of affliction – sleep apnea and are treated properly…..because I took the time to ask!
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