Sleep Study and Sleep Apnea
Sleep studies are performed to evaluate snoring, breathing, arousals, movements and certain behaviors during sleep. The sleep technologist will gently apply sensors on your head, face and body to closely monitor and record your brain waves, movements, muscle activity, breathing patterns, blood oxygen levels and heart rate and rhythm during sleep.
After the sleep test is completed and scored, the sleep physician will review the recording in order to establish a diagnosis and treatment plan to be reviewed with you in a follow-up visit.
Designed for patient convenience and comfort; in addition to our daytime consultation rooms, we have 10 bedrooms for overnight sleep studies. All bedrooms have attractive home-like furnishings with private bathrooms, sleep number beds and amenities such as cable TV.
Sleep Apnea, a disruption of breathing while asleep, is a deceiving sleep disorder. Ninety percent of people who have sleep apnea don’t know they have it. Although episodes of choking or gasping for air might occur hundreds of times throughout the night, you may not have any recollection of struggling for breath.
Usually it is the bed partner who first notices that the person is struggling to breathe. Left untreated it can increase the risk of weight gain, hypertension, heart disease, stroke, diabetes and fatigue related accidents.
Signs and Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
Warning signs of sleep apnea include:
- Frequent silences during sleep due to breaks in breathing
- Choking or gasping during sleep to get air into lungs
- Loud snoring
- Sudden awakenings to restart breathing or waking up in a sweat
- Daytime sleepiness and feeling unrefreshed by a night’s sleep including falling asleep at inappropriate times.
Mark's Struggle with Sleep Apnea
Mark's snoring always disrupted his wife Susan’s sleep, but she became worried when she noticed that he seemed to stop breathing periodically at night and wake up gasping for breath, only to fall back asleep and start the process again. Mark occasionally remembered waking up during the night, but he did not remember the gasps in breathing. He and Susan did, however, know that they were both exhausted during the day.
Sleep disorders that shorten sleep time or disrupt sleep can place you at a higher risk for weight gain, depression, high blood pressure, changes in blood sugar, heart disease, stroke and fatigue-related accidents.
The Sleep Disorders Center is equipped to treat all sleep disorders and are able to schedule appointments immediately. For more information, call (229) 312-1220.