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Sleepless in Grinnell

May 4, 2017, 15:22 PM

Melisa Coaker, MDAccording the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, we spend about one third of our lives asleep. However, we sometimes forget how to care for our sleeping selves. The sleep lab at GRMC is here to help you figure out what you can do to get a restful and refreshing night’s sleep.

“When you wake up and you are tired and not refreshed, seek help,” says Melisa Coaker, MD, medical director of the sleep lab at GRMC. “There is no reason to feel is way. If you haven’t slept well, I can help.”

Coaker specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders such as sleep apnea, insomnia, and shift work disorder. Coaker tries to get the recommended eight hours of sleep, but recognizes the difficulty of this task.

“We as a society are all so busy, with so many obligations,” Coaker says. “Everybody needs sleep, yet it is the first thing we give up when we’re busy.”

So, how do you know whether sleep is the problem or if you are simply tired from living a normal, busy life? If you feel that you are not continually getting the quality of sleep you desire, first speak to your primary care physician or another specialist for a referral to see Coaker.

Overnight sleep studies are conducted in the two-bed GRMC Sleep Lab three nights a week. A technologist monitors the readings for air flow, oxygen, breathing effort, and brain activity during sleep.

For more information about sleep disorders, sleep studies, or to schedule a sleep test, contact the GRMC Sleep Lab at 515-358-9640, where Coaker awaits to help you sleep well.


Bureau of Labor Statistics