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Sleep Medicine

CPAP Recall Notice: Philips Respironics announced a voluntary recall for Continuous and Non-Continuous Ventilators (certain CPAP, BiLevel PAP and Ventilator Devices) due to two issues related to the polyester-based polyurethane (PE-PUR) sound abatement foam used in these devices. If you have not already registered your device, please do so using the following link: Once registered, be sure to review your Philips patient portal regularly. Philips will use its portal to complete the recall process and to ask you to make decisions about the recalled device and how it is processed. Patients of our Sleep Medicine Clinic can contact us using their MyHealth Portal for questions.

Sleep Clinic Visits

Our Sleep Clinic offers in-person and video telehealth visits with our Nurse Practitioner, Kari Fisher. A telehealth video visit allows you and the provider to see and hear each other and interact as though you were in person by using a cellphone, tablet, or computer that has a camera.

During your visit, you will be able to:

  • Discuss your medications
  • Discuss your symptoms
  • Get results
  • Talk with Kari as if you were in the room with her to discuss the best plan for your care

Checking in for your scheduled telehealth visit?
Click HERE to begin your telehealth visit with Kari Fisher.
Click HERE to begin your telehealth visit with Lori Nelson.

The Importance of Sleep

Do you get at least 7hours of sleep per night? If not, you’re in good company, because about 1 in every 3 U.S. adults doesn’t get their minimum recommended nightly sleep. Sleep is much more important than you may think. Lack of sleep has been proven to raise your risk of heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, stroke, obesity, and depression. It’s also a significant threat to safety, as driver sleepiness is a factor in about 100,000 car accidents each year. After several nights of losing sleep — even just an hour or two per night — your ability to function can suffer as if you haven’t slept at all for a day or two.

A good night’s sleep is critical because it plays so many roles in your physical and mental health, including:

  • Sleep helps your brain form new pathways that enable you to learn and retain information
  • It repairs your heart and blood vessels
  • Rest maintains a healthy balance of the hormones that make you feel hungry or full
  • Quality sleep supports healthy growth and development
  • It boosts muscle mass and helps repair cells and tissues
  • It plays a role in puberty and fertility
  • It provides a defense against foreign or harmful substances
  • Sleep helps you pay attention, make decisions, and be creative

Sleep Clinic

The answer to getting more quality, restful sleep isn’t as simple as just going to bed earlier in the evening. Many sleep disorders pose serious health risks for adults and children alike. Sleep apnea, a condition characterized by loud snoring and waking up repeatedly to gasp for breath, is one of the most common.

If you’re struggling with sleep issues, rest assured there’s help available for you. Sleep medicine specialists at Sauk Prairie Healthcare are ready to listen to your symptoms, answer your questions and offer the diagnosis and treatment you need to get life back on track.

Our Team