A Quiet Night’s Sleep for Frankfort Woman After Treatment for Severe Sleeping Disorder
Renee LaFave never thought her snoring was a health issue. It wasn’t until about a year ago while she was in Waukegan attending her daughter’s dance competition that she thought she should get tested for a sleeping disorder. Her friend, who was staying with her at a hotel during the competition, said she thought LaFave stopped breathing overnight. Still, LaFave, who resides in Frankfort, didn’t think it was sleep apnea or a cause for concern, but she decided to get tested anyway.
“I’ve always snored horribly. If I would fall asleep in front of the television, I would usually wake myself up snoring. That’s how bad it was.” said LaFave. It wasn’t until June of last year that she learned just how severe her condition was after completing her sleep study at the Silver Cross Sleep Disorders Center, which is accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.
Sleep Test and Diagnosis
Dr. M. Salah Lababidy, who treated LaFave, said when a person stops breathing more than 30 times per night, it is considered to be a severe case of sleep apnea. During her sleep test at the center, LaFave stopped breathing 72 times in one hour. “So her case was extremely severe,” said Dr. Lababidy, pulmonologist and medical director of the Silver Cross Sleep Disorders Center in New Lenox.
LaFave was fitted with a full mask CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machine; however, she prefers the softer pillows that rest inside her nose at night. After using her machine the first night, LaFave said she noticed a difference right away. “Before, I would always wake up exhausted. My mouth would be really dry and when I would wake up, my tongue would be stuck to the roof of my mouth. Once I got fitted for the machine and I used it the first night, I felt so much better. I wasn’t tired, and I had so much more energy.” said LaFave.
In her follow-up appointment, LaFave only stopped breathing twice while using the CPAP machine. She admitted the machine does take some getting used to, but she hasn’t had any issues and loves that it’s completely silent at night. “My husband and kids are very happy now, too!”
Health Benefits from Sleep Disorder Treatment
Dr. Lababidy said patients with sleep apnea can put extra stress on their heart and brain while they are sleeping. He said with treatment, patients can reduce their risk for heart disease or congestive heart failure, and it can also help those with lung diseases such as COPD.
“There have been so many advancements. The therapy now has improved significantly along with the mask to deliver the positive pressure. The machine is very quiet and user-friendly. It’s easy to apply and use. Even if they have to go the bathroom in the middle of the night, it’s easy to disconnect and reconnect,” said Dr. Lababidy.
LaFave said she would recommend seeing Dr. Lababidy for others who think they might have a sleep disorder. “He had very good bedside manner and is very personable. He won’t schedule an appointment to waste your time.”
The Silver Cross Sleep Disorders Center can diagnose and treat a number of sleep disorders including sleep apnea, snoring, insomnia, narcolepsy, sleep related breathing disorders, periodic limb movement disorders in sleep, and more. For more information, visit www.silvercross.org/sleepdisorderscenter, or to schedule a sleep study, call (815) 300-REST.