The State of Sleep

Self-tests for Sleep Disorders

Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Epworth Sleepiness Scale

A doctor's referral is required for a sleep study.

Most adults require 7-9 hours of sleep, yet more than a quarter of Americans say they don’t get enough. Worse, 10% report chronic sleep problems. In many instances, sleep issues like insomnia aren't just frustrating. They’re often linked to serious health conditions, such as diabetes, heart failure and obesity. Aside from physical symptoms, you can also suffer from a loss in productivity, memory issues, and anxiety and depression.

Getting Help

Short-term insomnia, which may show up during big life events and stressful situations, affects 30-50% of the population. It can also be caused by other factors, the main one being poor sleep hygiene. Before reaching for over-the-counter sleep aid, try the following:

  • Avoid drinking alcohol at least two hours before bedtime
  • Exercise every day, but not within a few hours of bedtime
  • Keep your bedtime and wake time consistent from day-to-day
  • Meditate before bedtime
  • Put your devices away at least one hour before bedtime
  • Skip daytime naps
  • Stop drinking caffeine at least five hours before bedtime
  • Use the bed only for sleeping or sexual activity

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If you try these tips for several weeks and still have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep, or if insomnia affects your daytime functioning, call your doctor, who can refer you to a specialist. Sleep specialists diagnose and/or treat sleep disorders. They are neurologists or internal medicine physicians.

Sleep Disorders We Treat

  • Interrupted sleep caused by brain signal-related breathing abnormalities (Sleep Apnea)
  • Irregular breathing that’s caused by upper airway obstruction during sleep (Obstructive Sleep Apnea)
  • Excessive sleepiness during the day and falling asleep abruptly (Narcolepsy)
  • Disruptions in the "internal body clock" that affect biological processes (Circadian Rhythm Disorders)
  • Trouble getting to sleep and/or staying asleep (Insomnia)
  • Restless leg syndrome (Periodic Limb Movement Disorder)

Watch this video to determine if your current sleep routine works for you.

Sleep Study


A sleep study can help sleep specialists determine a potential medical diagnosis. Under the direction of board-certified sleep physicians, we offer two convenient sleep centers in the Northland.

Contact Us

Call 816.346.7450 for more information about our sleep studies.

Convenient Locations

North Kansas City Hospital
2nd Floor, near Gift Shop
2800 Clay Edwards Drive
North Kansas City, MO 64116

Green Hills Road
8640 N Green Hills Rd, Ste 44
Kansas City, MO 64154
Open Wed., Thurs., and Fri.

Is a Sleep Study Right For You?

Learn more about sleep studies and hear from neurologist, Dr. Scott Shorten as he reiterates the importance of addressing sleep concerns to reduce associated health risks.