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Published on February 03, 2020

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Don't snooze on sleep disorder care

Tired? Unable to focus? Lack of sleep is likely just scratching the surface.

You might have sleep apnea or another sleep disorder if you snore, if you're tired for days at a time, along with other common symptoms.

"Your weight can be a factor, along with a family history of heart disease and high blood pressure," shares Alexander Villareal, MD, Gundersen Sleep Medicine. "Even symptoms like frequent bathroom breaks during the night, waking up with a dry mouth or sore throat, and excessive leg movement while you sleep can indicate a sleep-related disorder."

Gundersen Moundview Hospital and Clinics offers convenient options to help diagnose sleep disorders, prevent serious complications like heart attack and stroke, and improve the quality of your sleep for better health.

At-home sleep studies

New to Gundersen Moundview Hospital and Clinics, at-home sleep studies allow Gundersen specialists to remotely review your breathing and heart rate. You can benefit from an at-home sleep study if you have suspected obstructive sleep apnea and no other significant medical conditions.

In-lab sleep studies

Gundersen Moundview also offers sleep studies close to home at its Friendship Hospital if you have more severe sleep-related symptoms and multiple medical concerns. Specialists measure brain activity, sleep stages and leg movement. Heart rate and rhythm and oxygen flow are also monitored.

'STOP BANG' method screens for sleep apnea

  • Snoring, especially loud, disruptive snoring
  • Tired (fatigue) during the day
  • Observed choking, gasping or lack of breathing
  • Pressure (high blood pressure)
  • Body Mass Index (BMI) above 35kg/m
  • Age (older than 50)
  • Neck size (17+ inches for men; 16+ inches for women)
  • Gender (male)


  • 1–2 points: Low risk of sleep apnea
  • 3–4 points: Moderate risk of sleep apnea
  • 5–8 points: High risk of sleep apnea

Is a sleep study for you? Talk to your primary care provider to learn your options.

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