Our Sleep Disorders 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 the development of new medications and devices to assess and treat sleep disorders.

We feel that it is extremely important to remain actively involved in research which advances the field of sleep medicine and allows us to be able to help 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.

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),  EMG (muscle activity), blood oxygen saturation levels, snoring, and respiratory effort.

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 night sleep in the sleep lab.  Each room   is private, with the 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 do is ask the technologist and  s/he 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 and answer 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 sleep 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 some additional paperwork  before leaving the center.

After the sleep study is scored and interpreted, the report will be transmitted to your referring doctor. The results of the test can be obtained from the  doctor who referred you for the study.