Sleep is a critical component of overall wellness. Sleep disorders are linked to hypertension, heart disease, obesity, depression, stress and other serious conditions. Understanding sleep and the role it plays in a patient's well being is a specialty of our Medical Director, George LaBrot, M.D. and staff. Our comfortable and well appointed sleep rooms feature the latest diagnostic technology to analyze a patient's problems, but without the uncomfortable hospital room setting. We believe the difference is night and day.
FACT: More than 100 million Americans regularly fail to get a good night sleep. That's one in every four. At least 84 disorders of sleeping and waking have been identified to contribute to lowered quality of life and personal health.
What to expect during a sleep test?
Activities that go on in the body during sleep (brain waves, muscle eye movements, breathing and snoring, heart rate, and leg movements) are monitored by electrodes attached to head and skin with a safe, harmless adhesive. Flexible elastic belts around the chest and abdomen measure breathing. Blood oxygen levels and heart rate are monitored by a small clip on the index finger or earlobe. Since the goal is to monitor sleep, we've made these devices as un-intrusive as possible. The equipment and technician will be in a separate room, and the electrode wires will be gathered in a ponytail behind the head so the patient will be able to roll over and change positions.
On the day of the sleep study, avoid caffeine (coffee, tea, cola, chocolate) after 2:00 pm and try not to nap. Hair should be washed and dried without hair sprays, oils or gels. Also, alert us before the test if the patient regularly takes medications of any kind.
Take this simple test to determine if you have a possible sleep disorder. Then, consult a doctor, if necessary.
These are the four steps involved in sleep diagnostics:
Prescreening for sleep disorders