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-- pretty today we are kicking off our week long series dedicated to that one thing.
That we -- all want so badly but so many of us just can't get we're talking about sleep especially those of us or operate now at least forty million Americans.
Suffer from sleep disorders -- they can impact everything from mood to long term health.
So how do you know if it's something more serious we'll -- -- -- went to find out.
Americans will go to great in the lanes for a good night's sleep in fact in 2011.
Sixty million sleeping pill prescriptions were dispensed across the country and -- also adds up to a great cost.
Sixteen billion dollars to the health care bill annually so it -- -- getting all hooked up to get a good night's sleep.
We have a growing body of good treatments for the various sleep disorders and there are specific disorders.
Sleep clinic will often start you off with a few basic tests designed to determine your level of sleepy yes so this is the -- worth -- sleepiness scale.
And did it.
Says how likely -- to doze off for fall asleep -- the -- situations.
Think about over the last month on average.
How likely think you are -- the -- eight different situations so you can add these numbers up for me and tell me if I have.
A problem this is caught -- -- a -- vigilance tests that they've made reaction time test and reaction time -- shown to -- in.
Very sensitive to sleep deprivation whenever you see these numbers at the top.
Your impresses as fast as you can I'm really do.
Poorly when you get -- I think I'm -- and I know I am usually do smaller the number the better.
Break the more alert you are.
The science of sleep goes much deeper than a few questions and some button pushing.
Overnight sleep studies are often necessary.
For a more complete diagnosis.
And just take a little mystery out of it I decided to jump and he needs to show you what a sleep study is all about -- Love to have a blood test work you know I could look at your throat tell us us us about him.
Doesn't work very well we will record your sleep and that requires brain waves which -- little stick electrodes and and they test for your -- movements.
Sleep studies are covered at least in part by most insurance companies though there are procedures that may come at a price.
It is a cost however that doctors say could be life changing.
Right lots of good information there thank you to our own Heather Childers and sleep studies are not only life changing they can be lifesaving in fact.
Every year around 38000.
Americans die in -- from a heart attack or stroke.
Caused by sleep apnea and be sure to tune in tomorrow because we're helping you find the perfect position for a good night's sleep.
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