Do you have trouble sleeping?
After a fitful night’s sleep, you feel drowsy all day. Dr. Mark Rasmus, a sleep specialist at Saltzer Health, treats children and adults at clinics in Nampa and Boise. In this podcast, Dr. Rasmus talks about the myths associated with sleep, how much we need as we age, insomnia, snoring, caffeine, melatonin and how to prevent jet lag. Dr. Rasmus warns about the dangers of obstructive sleep apnea, which can lead to sudden cardiac death and disorders like high blood pressure, diabetes heart disease and strokes. He says you can help yourself be a better sleeper. Listen to your biological clock, avoid blue wave light close to bedtime and get up out of bed when the alarm awakens you. For patients who need medical care to help them sleep, Dr. Rasmus studies brainwave abnormalities and breathing disorders. He believes that the future of treating sleep disorders is offering coordinated care or multidisciplinary sleep centers where providers evaluate and treat patients with help from nurse practitioners and other “mid-levels” who can provide follow-up care. An expert in his field, Dr. Rasmus will help you understand what you can to get a good night’s sleep.