More than 100 million Americans of all ages suffer from sleep issues. Some of the more common sleep disorders include:
- Sleep apnea – Often known as snoring or experiencing difficulty breathing during sleep
- Narcolepsy – Undesirable sleepiness at inappropriate times
- Periodic limb movements during sleep or Restless Leg Syndrome
- Insomnia – Difficulty initiating or maintaining sleep
- REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep behavior disorder
Untreated sleep disorders can raise your risk for heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke and other medical conditions, which is why sleep studies are an important diagnostic tool. Sleep disorders also have been linked to an increased risk of injury, such as falling (in the elderly) and car accidents.
Your doctor might suspect a sleep disorder based on your sleep schedule and habits. However, results from sleep studies and other medical tests are required to diagnose a sleep disorder.
What is a sleep study?
A sleep study is a test performed and monitored by specially-trained staff that includes measurements used to identify the different sleep stages and to categorize sleep problems. This is done by monitoring brain waves, muscle tone, and oxygen levels while sleeping, as well as heart rate and breathing.
The study is performed while the patient sleeps overnight in a comfortable, private room. Passavant’s sleep clinic offers newly remodeled rooms with a full-size bed, soft lighting and private bathroom for comfort.
What happens during a sleep study?
The Sleep Clinic Lab is located in Passavant’s Cardiopulmonary Department, the Sleep Clinic is a 4-bed facility serving patients 16 years of age and up. Studies are offered seven nights a week.
If you are having problems sleeping, talk to your doctor about scheduling a
study at our sleep clinic.