Sleep Disorder Centers provides full service diagnostic and treatment and is outfitted with the state-of-the-art technology to assist our doctors in determining how best to assess and to treat your sleep problems.
Sleep consultation is also available in order to assist you and your physician in determining the appropriate couse of treatment for you. For example, Sleep Disorder Centers specializes in treating insomnia without medication (e.g., cognitive-behavioral techniques). This highly specialized approach has been found to be more effective than medication, when examined in long term follow up at one year.
Sleep Disorder Centers engage in cutting-edge research to treat sleep disorders as well. We are pleased to be recognized as a clinical trial study site involved in research which advances the field of sleep medicine and allows us to be able to help our patients more effectively.
Sleep disorders are quite common today, however many individuals with sleep problems may not recognize that they have such a problem. Chronic sleep loss can happen gradually and people may not even be aware that they are experiencing decreased daytime functioning and alertness
Some of the most common types of sleep disorders include:
Periodic Limb Movements
A sleep test is neither painful nor dangerous. It is a procedure that monitors the patient's physiology during sleep and allows the sleep specialist to assess the parameters involved such as EEG (brain waves), ECG (heart rate), and EMG (muscle activity), blood oxygen saturation levels, snoring, and respiratory efforts.
Many people wonder how they will be able to sleep in a strange environment while they are hooked up to all those wires, but virtually everyone is able to get a good nights sleep in the sleep lab. Each room is private with your nighttime technologist monitoring your sleep from another room. If you need to use the bathroom during the night of the study, all you have to di is ask the technologist and he or she will come in and unhook the main connection of the electrodes. In bed, you can roll over and change position almost as readily as you would at home.
During the day of your sleep study, we ask that you avoid caffeine after 12:00pm (noon). Also, you should avoid napping in order to have a more accurate study.
When you arrive at the sleep center, a technologist will greet you and escort you to your bedroom. The technologist will describe the procedure to you, you will watch a video detailing the procedure, and you can ask any questions that you might have. You will also be asked to complete some paperwork so that the doctor can more accurately interpret the findings of the study.
We will obtain at least six hours of recording time and after that the technologist will awaken you and disconnect the electrodes from you. You will be asked to complete additional paperwork before leaving the center.
After the sleep study is scored and interpretted, the report will be transmitted to your referring doctor. The results of the test can be obtained from the doctor who referred you to the study.