Lap-band weight loss surgery is safer without sleeping problems. Sleep apnea is one of the worst forms of what is called sleep deprivation. You actually stop breathing, either because the soft tissue in the rear of the throat collapses or the brain fails to send the signal for you to breathe. Sleep apnea is more likely to occur in men, people over 40, and especially in those who are overweight.

Prior to Lap-band surgery – you must know if you have sleep apnea

Lap-band surgery as with all surgeries requires a period of time to heal. Frequently when you have this disorder, you cannot get a solid night of sleep. You cannot stay asleep because you stop breathing. Limited sleep and stopping breathing is bad enough relative to your ability to heal, but you can also wake up violently when your body runs out of oxygen and needs to breath. Convulsive coughing frequently occurs as your body gasps for breath. This violent action can result in serious damage to healing areas from your surgery.

Additional sleep disorders that can affect your health

  • Narcolepsy – sufferers fall asleep unexpectedly and sometimes inappropriately.
  • Insomnia – sufferers cannot get enough restful sleep during the night.
  • Night terrors – similar to nightmares, but night tremors are more intense. Experienced mostly by children; who wake sitting upright and screaming.
  • Restless leg syndrome – the suffer has an overwhelming urge to move their legs. In some cases there may be involuntary jerking of the limbs.
  • Bed wetting – is more prevalent in children and can be related to the child’s breathing.
  • Sleep walking – a phenomenon that ranges in duration and intensity and may effect up to 10% of the population.
  • Sleep hyperhidrosis – known as Night Sweats, this condition can be brought on by hormone changes, food, drugs and fevers.

40 Million Americans Suffer from long-term sleep disorders

20 million more experience occasional problems with sleep. Getting enough rest is a critical component to a healthy productive life. Not getting enough rest can limit your performance on the job and it can affect your social life. A sleep disorder can be temporary, intermittent, or lifelong and is often accompanied by daytime sleepiness and nightly disruptions. Many sleep disorders interfere with a person’s mental and emotional health and can cause high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke. These disorders put people in increased risk of automobile and industrial accidents and may decrease mental ability, productivity and quality of life.

Sleep disorder symptoms

  • Loud, habitual snoring
  • Choking, gasping, or snorting during sleep
  • Pauses in breathing during sleep
  • Daytime fatigue
  • Frequent napping
  • Trouble falling or staying asleep
  • Crawling, tingling or painful sensations in legs while sitting or lying still in bed
  • Leg or arm jerks during sleep
  • Morning headaches
  • Depression
  • Memory and concentration problems
  • Irritability/personality changes
  • High blood pressure
  • Sexual problems

When you should contact your doctor about possible sleep disorders

  • You are sleepy in the “daytime” in spite of 8 hours in bed every night
  • You snore loudly and especially if you actually stop breathing at night
  • You have violent behaviors during your sleep
  • You are always very sleepy and have had muscle weakness when you get emotional
  • You are kept awake by restless legs (a creeping, crawly sensation of the legs)
  • You remain unsatisfied with the quality of your sleep after following sleep hygiene recommendations for two weeks

The Epworth sleepiness scale – discovering disorders

The calculator below is the Epworth Sleepiness Scale. Developed by Dr. Murray Johns of Melbourne, Australia, to measure your daytime sleepiness. It determines how likely are you to doze off or fall asleep during certain situations, in contrast to just feeling tired.

Epworth sleepiness scale calculator

SituationLikelihood
of dozing
Sitting and reading
Watching TV
Sitting inactive in a public place (e.g. a theater or a meeting)
As a passenger in a car for an hour without a break
Lying down to rest in the afternoon when circumstances permit
Sitting and talking to someone
Sitting quietly after a lunch without alcohol
In a car, while stopped for a few minutes in traffic

Results

 

Total Epworth Score:

Interpretation:

Failing this test means that you should contact your doctor who will arrange further medical tests.  Please realize that this calculator cannot replace a real diagnosis from a physician. We assume no liability for your results. Always see your doctor if you have or suspect you have a disorder.