Mayo Clinic: I get between eight and nine hours of sleep most
nights but still feel groggy in the morning. Would a sleep
study help me figure out why Iím never rested?
sleep test may be beneficial. However, before you seek medical
attention, consider several things about sleepiness. The most
common cause of sleepiness is not sleeping long enough.
Getting enough restful sleep is crucial for maintaining good
health. Research over the past decade has shown that healthy
sleep is just as important as exercising regularly and eating
a healthy diet. Most adults need between seven and nine hours
of quality sleep to reap the health benefits.
donít get enough sleep, over time it can have serious health
consequences. For example, a consistent lack of healthy sleep
can raise your risk for high blood pressure and heart disease.
People who donít get enough sleep have more difficulty
staying at a healthy weight than those who do sleep well. Not
getting adequate sleep also may increase a personís risk of
depression, anxiety and substance abuse.
interesting website put together by the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention website shows by city the proportion of
adults who do not get at least seven hours of sleep. To learn
more and to see if your city is listed, go to cdc.gov/500cities,
and choose the category "unhealthy behaviors" and
the measure "sleep."
getting enough sleep is important, a regular sleep and wake
pattern also is key. Recent studies show that an irregular
schedule, such as when you go to bed and wake up later on
weekends than weekdays, is associated with poorer health,
worse mood and increased sleepiness and fatigue. Some studies
show that this pattern of sleep, sometimes called "social
jet lag," is associated with increased likelihood for
heart disease. Keeping a regular sleep and wake schedule,
along with sleeping at least seven hours per night, helps
improve sleep quality and effectiveness.
situation like yours, where you feel like youíre getting
plenty of sleep but donít feel well-rested in the morning,
itís possible that your morning grogginess could be a
symptom of a treatable sleep disorder. Make an appointment to
see a health care provider who specializes in sleep medicine.
He or she can provide you with a comprehensive assessment of
your situation that includes a discussion of your symptoms, a
review of your medical history and a thorough physical exam.
that evaluation, specific tests might be helpful. Those tests
may or may not include a sleep study. If a sleep study is
recommended, it may be conducted in a lab where you are
monitored throughout the study. This type of sleep test is
called a polysomnogram. It involves monitoring brain waves,
muscle tone, airflow, blood oxygen level, heart rate and
breathing during sleep. At other times, a home sleep apnea
test can provide the needed information.
care from a sleep center accredited by the American Academy of
Sleep Medicine. Your health care provider will be able to help
decide the best test for you and, then, based on the test
results, establish your diagnosis. If you do need treatment
for a sleep disorder, your health care provider can help you
choose a treatment plan that will work best to accomplish your
goals. Health care providers who are board-certified in sleep
medicine are specially prepared to help you get the treatment
you need and help you start feeling better.