Treating Sleep Disorders
At least 40 million Americans suffer from chronic, long-term sleep disorders while another 20 million struggle with occasional sleep difficulties, according to the American Sleep Association. Left untreated, sleep disorders can lead to a number of other conditions, including irregular heartbeat, high blood pressure, heart disease, lung disease, stroke or impotency in males.
If you have trouble getting restful sleep, the Sleep Study Center at Summer Hospital Medical Center can help. The staff at the Sleep Study Center is made up of experienced technologists and clinicians who are specially trained in sleep diagnostic testing.
Types of sleep disorders include:
- Sleep Apnea – Pauses in breathing or shallow breaths while sleeping
- Advanced Sleep Phase – Sleeps/wakes too early
- Bruxism – Grinding teeth
- Delayed Sleep Phase – Sleeps/wakes too late
- Hypersomnia – Excessive daytime sleepiness
- Narcolepsy – Uncontrollable urges to sleep
- Restless Leg Syndrome – Leg movements preventing sleep
- Sleep Terrors – Unremembered frightening dreams
- Somnambulism – Sleepwalking
The Sleep Study Center at Summerlin Hospital offers a comprehensive patient care program for the evaluation, diagnosis, treatment and follow-up of patients diagnosed with sleep disorders.
- Sleep evaluation and consultation
- Comprehensive polysomnography
- Oxygen level monitoring
- Education and instruction
- Follow-up care program
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a sleep study?
A sleep study is performed in a private sleep room and involves the analysis of your body's sleep patterns. This includes the placement of special sensors to record the activity of your heart, lungs, brain and muscles. The study also monitors the air flow from your nose and mouth, as well as the level of oxygen in your blood.
Will I be given any shots, injections, or medications during my sleep?
No. The only medical devices used are special sensors that are placed on the surface of your skin using an affixative.
Can I get up to use the restroom during the night?
Yes. The technologist will show you what needs to be done if you need to get up during the night or you may call the technologist to assist you at that time.
With an overnight sleep study, will I need to take the next day off?
Not usually. Before bedtime, give the technologist your time schedule so that ample time can be allowed for getting up, removing sensors and freshening up before you leave.