Sleep: Preparing Your Body for Positive Surgical Outcomes

There are apps to help you track it, tips and tricks to help you get more, and stacks of studies warning of the risks of too little. We’re talking about sleep, of course, and while most people understand the important role of sleep in overall health, we want to talk about its vital role in surgical recovery.

Suddenly wondering what sleep has to do with surgery? Consider this: while you sleep, your body’s cells work to repair themselves, your brain clears away toxins, and regulatory hormones prepare your body for routine function. Basically, sleep is an essential ingredient in the formula for health and healing. This is particularly important following surgery, illness or traumatic injury.

At Methodist Hospital for Surgery (MHfS), we know sleep and recovery go hand-in-hand, so we take every step to make sure your body is prepared to snooze and repair itself.

Welcome to The Center for Sleep Disorders

At the industry-leading Center for Sleep Disorders at MHfS, our highly experienced team of sleep specialists utilize a range of tests and tools to diagnose the most common sleep disorders affecting 40+ million Americans, including:

  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea
  • Insomnia
  • Restless Leg Syndrome
  • Narcolepsy
  • Sleepwalking

Patients with a history of sleep disturbances are strongly encouraged to participate in a sleep study before undergoing surgery. Diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders, especially sleep apnea, can directly affect surgical outcomes. Left untreated, obstructive sleep apnea contributes to higher risks for post-surgical complications, including cardiac arrest and respiratory failure.

Making Sleep Studies A Breeze

Sleep studies at the Center for Sleep Disorders are simple, painless and informative. Overnight sleep studies are conducted in one of our clinic’s spacious, private rooms, where you’ll enjoy free Wi-Fi, a 50-inch television, a private bathroom and a queen-size bed. You’ll almost think you’re on vacation! In addition to overnight sleep studies, known as nocturnal polysomnogram, we also conduct sleep latency and wakefulness tests, which evaluate daytime and nighttime alertness and performance.

Get back to a good night’s sleep and set yourself up for successful surgery. Contact the Center for Sleep Disorders at Methodist Hospital for Surgery today at 972-685-7345 and find out how you can participate in a comfortable, insightful sleep test.


Sweet Dreams for Complete, Quality Health

If you only remember one thing for the sake of your health, let it be this: sleep well.

Sleep is one of the most critical components in your overall health, affecting your physical, mental and emotional states of being. Unfortunately, in this age of mobile phones, digital clocks and televisions in bedrooms, getting proper rest has become a unique challenge. But don’t accept the idea that sleep deprivation is part of life—it shouldn’t be! There are things you can do to slumber soundly, and Methodist Hospital for Surgery is here to help.

Enter the Center for Sleep Disorders at Methodist Hospital for Surgery. Sleep studies are the modern man’s tool for determining what hinders proper sleep, so physicians (or dieticians or therapists) can prescribe targeted remedies. The Center for Sleep Disorders at Methodist Hospital for Surgery just might be your ticket to improved rest and better health.

What happens inside the sleep lab?

A Sleep study, officially termed polysomnogram, involves lots of measurements. When preparing for a sleep study, sensors are attached to your scalp, legs, chest and neck, and record things like:

  • Brain Waves
  • Eye Movements (this helps determine when you’re in deep sleep)
  • Heart Rate
  • Breathing Pattern & Oxygen Levels (these readings may indicate sleep apnea)
  • Body Position & Movement
  • Leg movements

There are also microphones throughout the sleep lab to help monitor snoring or other sounds you make during sleep. After a sleep study, all of your measurements are evaluated to determine whether you suffer from any number of sleep disorders, which may include:

  • Sleep Apnea
  • Periodic Limb Movements of Sleep
  • Seizures
  • Insomnia
  • Narcolepsy
  • Sleepwalking

So I can’t sleep, now what?

Good news—treatment methods for sleep disorders are as innovative as the labs used to diagnose them. In addition to pharmaceuticals created to promote proper sleep cycles, breathing devices like the CPAP are helpful in alleviating sleep apnea and simple dental appliances can help with snoring.

Other times, devices and drugs are not the trick. That’s when your physician may prescribe certain lifestyle changes, such as tobacco cessation, exercise programs, stress management or dietary adjustments.

It’s time to get some sleep.

Don’t let sleep loss lower your quality of life. If you wrestle with daytime fatigue, unusual shifts in mood or anxiety levels, slow reaction times and suspect that sleep may be the underlying problem, contact the bedtime pros at Methodist Hospital for Surgery and take the first step to a good night’s sleep.