Sleep Disorder Center
Sleep disorders are not just a small complaint. They can create serious health and social problems and affect your quality of life. Certain problems, such as sleep apnea, can interfere with breathing, which strains your heart.
What to Expect
When you arrive at the sleep center, you will meet the technologist who will be present during the entire study. Your technologist will show you to a private bedroom where you can change into your sleeping attire. The technologist will explain the procedure while applying the monitoring devices, which takes approximately one hour.
Several small sensors are placed on your scalp, face, chest, abdomen, and legs. The sensors monitor brain waves (EEG), respiratory effort, oxygen levels, muscle tone, leg movements, snoring, heart rate, (EKG) and eye movements. The wires are long enough for you to find a comfortable sleeping position. After the technologist finishes applying the electrodes, you will have a chance to relax before bedtime. You are welcome to bring reading material or a laptop. If you need assistance, you can page the technologist.
Your technologist oversees the recordings during the night from computer monitors located outside the room. In the morning, you will be awakened between 5:30-6:00a.m. If you need to wake up earlier, please inform the technologist. But we must be able to collect at least six hours of recordable data. Our staff will do everything possible to make your stay comfortable.
CommonSpirit’s Sleep Disorders Centers evaluates and diagnoses people with serious and ongoing sleep problems. Our dedicated staff will provide the highest quality care while delivering the most effective treatment based on your individual needs.
- A home-like atmosphere with a full-size bed, flat screen TV, private bathroom/full-sized shower
- CPAP: we will work with you, your physician and local equipment providers to set up your service
- Diagnostic sleep study Polysomnogram (PSG)/split-night PSG/PSG
- Home sleep studies
- Pre- and post-study education information
- Quiet, safe environment to allow for a peaceful sleep
- Sleeping rooms: Private rooms that can accommodate children ages 13 years and older plus a parent
- Board-certified sleep medicine specialists
- Registered sleep technologists and registered Respiratory therapists
If you suffer from sleep issues, talk to your primary care physician to see if you are in need of a sleep study. Your physician will need to fax a referral for a sleep study. We accept most insurance.
- Do you snore loudly?
- Have you fallen asleep while driving?
- Do you experience unpleasant leg sensations that prevent sleep?
- Are you always tired?
If you answered yes to any of the questions, you may have a sleep disorder.
After your study is complete, a sleep specialist will evaluate your study and our staff will send a report to your referring physician. You will need to make an appointment with your referring physician to get your results. Your physician will determine if you need additional treatment.
People with sleep apnea experience momentary pauses in breathing while they sleep. This lack of oxygen is hard on your heart and puts you at risk for problems like heart arrhythmias.