Topeka (WIBW) - If you're feeling a bit tired this week, it might just be all the thunder and lightning we've had waking us up at night!
Stormont-Vail Sleep Center Director Dr. Shawn Magee says, when sleep is fragmented, you don't feel as rested and you feel sleepy during the day.
Magee says just one night of poor sleep or even one hour less than your usual routine is enough to make a measurable difference in how alert you are, how you perform and how you do on tests.
With more emphasis on the importance of good sleep, Stormont-Vail's Sleep Center is seeing more demand for diagnosing problems like sleep apnea. So much so, it recently expanded to a new location at 920 Washburn.
While medical problems might require special attention, a few sleepless nights courtesy mother nature can be easily corrected. Magee says to avoid napping during the day or sleeping in after a poor night's sleep because it can actually disrupt the following night's sleep. Instead, he suggest staying active during the day and perhaps going to be a little earlier than usual, and you'll be able to make it up within a couple nights.
If your sleep problems persist despite efforts to practice good sleep habits, talk to your doctor about a referral for a sleep study.