Your quality of sleep has a huge affect on your health. You may notice trouble with focus, mood regulation, and even weight regulation when you aren’t sleeping well. Sometimes, a few simple changes can get you to that good night’s sleep. Sometimes, this can be caused by a sleep disorder, like sleep apnea. The MacGregor Sleep Center is one component of Bariatric Specialists of North Carolina, a division of Triangle Orthopaedic Associates, P.A. A sleep study is one of the screenings needed prior to Bariatric Surgery, although they take referrals from any source. The staff also educate patients on good sleeping habits. Here’s a few of the tips the MacGregor Sleep Center usually shares with patients:
The key is setting a routine, so that your body has similar cues each day for wakefulness and sleep. Notice how you are affected by light, sound, diet, activity, and stress. Try making small changes. But if you believe that you may have sleep apnea or another disorder, talk to your physician.
What is OSA? OSA, or obstructive sleep apnea is a condition where you stop breathing while you sleep. Basically, your airway or throat collapses while you sleep and you don’t even know this is taking place. Some people we have tested stopped breathing over a hundred times an hour. This can lead to dangerously low levels of oxygen while causing poor sleep and increasing blood pressure. It also negatively affects your metabolism which leads to weight retention and gain. Eight out of 10 patients that Bariatric Specialists of North Carolina evaluates for weight loss surgery are unaware that they have this condition.
People who have a BMI of 35 or greater have an 80% risk of obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA. OSA is a potentially lethal condition increasing your risk of stroke, heart attack, or abnormal heart rhythm three hundred percent higher than the average population. Also, OSA can cause or worsen high blood pressure and weight gain, while also causing daytime sleepiness and fatigue. This is a disease that is no different than diabetes or low thyroid and needs to be treated. Most or all weight loss surgical programs mandate evaluation for OSA before surgery.
The MacGregor Sleep Center opened in 2009 to offer an “in-house” option for sleep studies. Dr. Jon Bruce, medical director of the MacGregor Sleep Center, is a Bariatric Surgeon. He is Board Certified by the American Board of Surgery, a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and a Fellow of the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.