Sleep Studies Help Locals Rest Better

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. - Summer is here and the weather is warming up. It's a good time to do a self-care check and make sure you're getting good quality sleep.

Many people have a sleep disorder and don't even know it. It may be a good time for you to get a sleep study done.

When we aren't getting good quality, long rested sleep, "we're not effective to ourself, to our family, to our jobs," Elaine Locke, a sleep technician, said.

Sometimes, we are to blame. Other times, a sleep disorder is at fault.

"There's so many times that it may be a genetic thing, it may be hereditary," Locke said.

Whether you can't fall asleep, you're falling asleep too often, having a hard time breathing, there are many different types of sleep disorders.

"The other thing we see a lot of times is restless leg syndrome, leg disorders that occur. Those leg disorders and those leg movements prohibit patients from going into your deeper stages of sleep," she said.

Luckily, a sleep study can help track the problem down. 

What is a sleep study? News 13's intern, Trinity, is going to find out.

"Everything gets plugged into these boxes here. It is kind of shaped like the top of your head looking down," Locke said.

Once she's hooked up and belted in, to sleep she goes!

"They'll track her brain activity, eye movements, heart rate, blood pressure, and other body movements," she said.

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