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Q: What are some of the symptoms of sleep disorders?
A: Symptoms of sleep disorders include:
--difficulty falling asleep, waking up and not being able to fall back asleep
--excessive daytime sleepiness or falling asleep at inappropriate times and places
--snoring that interrupts breathing
--unpleasant sensations in the legs creating difficulty in getting to sleep

Q: If I don’t get enough sleep during the week, can I “catch up” on the weekend?
A: For optimum health and safety, most adults require seven to nine hours of sleep each night. If your sleep “dept” becomes too great, it’s difficult to regain the lost sleep. Many health problems have been linked to sleep deprivation including obesity, high blood pressure, negative mood and behavior, decreased productivity and safety issues.

Q: Should I be concerned about having a sleep disorder just because I snore?
A: Snoring is harmless for many people, but it’s also a symptom of sleep apnea, a breathing disorder that causes your body to stop breathing during sleep.  Signs of sleep apnea include: choking sound/gasping for breath noticed by your sleep partner; unintentionally falling asleep during the day, general daytime sleepiness, unrefreshing sleep, fatigue and insomnia. If you have any of these symptoms, talk with your doctor.

Q: What information might help my doctor determine if I have a sleep disorder?
A: Keeping a sleep diary for two weeks provides valuable information about your sleep behavior.

Q: Does the amount of sleep you need change as you get older?
A: No, the amount of recommended sleep remains seven to nine hours for all adults. For various reasons, older adults often sleep less deeply and wake up more often throughout the night, but poor sleep is not the norm for healthy older adults. If you are having trouble sleeping, see your doctor.

If you are scheduled for a sleep study at the OSU Sleep Disorders Center, here are answers to frequently asked questions about the studies:

Q: Are sleep studies covered by insurance companies and third-party payers?
A: Many insurance providers cover sleep studies, however, patients should contact their insurance provider to make sure it is covered as an outpatient diagnostic procedure.

Q: Is the Sleep Disorders Center accessible for people with disabilities?
A: Yes. If you have any special needs, please communicate these to us before your appointment.

Q: What should I bring with me to my sleep study?
A: Please bring toiletry items, something comfortable to sleep in and any medicines you need to take during your time in the sleep center. Optional items include: your favorite pillow, a book, tape or CD player and snack for before bedtime (the sleep center does not have any food service).

Q: Will having the sleep monitoring equipment make it difficult for me to sleep?
A:  Small patches (electrodes) are attached during the study, but they aren’t uncomfortable and don’t restrict your movement.

Q: What if I need to use the restroom during the sleep study?
A: Small monitors are attached to you during the sleep study, but they do not interfere with using the restroom. We have private restrooms, and your sleep monitoring equipment can be easily taken into the restroom.

The board-certified sleep medicine experts at Ohio State's Sleep Disorders Center can personalize a treatment plan for any sleep disorder. Call 614-257-2500.