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Wake up to the benefits of a better night's sleep

Dawn shares how a sleep study changed her life

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Millions of Americans suffer from sleep-related disorders. The quality of your sleep can affect your mood, thinking, relationships and health. Read a Dawn's story of how she overcame her sleep issues with CPAP therapy. 

Looking through a grey haze

For years, Dawn, close to 50 years old, had been suffering from depression and major allergy symptoms. Her husband would often complain of her disruptive snoring, shallow breathing and became concerned that she would stop breathing during her sleep. It was time that Dawn decided to schedule an appointment with a sleep specialist at Allina Health Bandana Square Sleep Center to discuss her sleep issues.

After her appointment and sleep study, at Allina Health Bandana Square Sleep Center, Dawn received a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) a machine that keeps air flowing to the lungs during sleep to wear nightly.

“It was very hard to get used to because I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to breath, ironically, so it took a good couple months to really get used to,”.

Dawn says she is a totally different person after using CPAP therapy nightly.

“ Before, I would just muddle through my day. I was quite often crabby and felt like I was looking through a grey haze.”

A clearer outlook

Dawn's energy and mood throughout the day greatly improved, her vision became clearer, depression subsided and her allergy symptoms became less severe.

“To those of you have had sleep issues affecting your health, I strongly urge you to seek out the help of a sleep specialist. It will truly change your life and the life of your loved ones.” 

Before you see a sleep specialist, begin by working with a primary care physician to discuss your concerns. Your doctor may recommend an overnight sleep study, or a polysomnography at an Allina Health Sleep Center. A sleep study can determine whether you have a sleep disorder.

Allina Health Home Oxygen and Medical Equipment includes a variety of health care and home medical equipment, including CPAP machines at homestore.allinahealth.org

If you have issues with getting a good night’s rest, seeing a sleep specialist will help you identify health issues and find solutions.  For more information about Allina Health Sleep services visit allinahealth.org/sleep

Content Source: Dawn, Allina Health patient
Review Date: 2/28/2014
Reviewed By: Dawn, Allina Health patient

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