Sleep disorders negatively impact the health and quality of life for over 40 million Americans. The Center for Sleep Disorders at Mainland Medical Center specializes in diagnosing and treating patients who have sleep-related problems.
Providing a comprehensive approach, the Center offers a home-like atmosphere designed to help patients feel as comfortable as possible during their sleep evaluation. Registered technologists use state-of-the-art equipment to monitor your sleep.
What is a Sleep Study?
Not getting enough sleep is a common complaint. According to a CDC study, nearly 27% of Texas adults report not getting enough sleep in the past two weeks. Sometimes the cause of insufficient sleep is obvious (like having new baby at home). Other times, it takes some investigation to determine the cause. That’s when a sleep study can help.
A sleep study allows a sleep specialist to monitor you during all stages of sleep to determine if a sleep disorder is causing your trouble sleeping or staying asleep. In some cases, overnight testing Is needed.
With overnight sleep testing, patients spend one night (sometimes more) in a specially designed "home-like" sleeping area. Monitoring patches are carefully and painlessly placed on the patient so that sleep pattern information such as eye movement, heart rate, brain waves, breathing and airflow are recorded.
The procedure is called a polysomnogram (PSG). The PSG is a painless procedure, which permits patients to sleep normally. A technician is present throughout the night in the event a patient needs to go to the restroom, get a drink or has other needs.
The Center for Sleep Disorders at Mainland Medical Center provides sleep testing on an outpatient basis. Patients can be referred by a doctor for a sleep study or self-refer. Most insurance companies will cover sleep disorder testing, but patients should contact their insurers before testing to find out about their coverage and whether pre-authorization is needed.
What are Sleep Disorders?
The most common sleep problem in the United States is snoring. While snoring can interrupt sleep and have a medical cause, it isn’t considered a sleep disorder on its own. A sleep study can help your physician determine if your snoring is related to a sleep disorder. The most common sleep disorders include:
- Sleep Apnea (also called sleep disordered breathing). When a person’s breathing during sleep is interrupted for short periods repeatedly during the night.
- Insomnia. The inability to fall asleep or stay asleep, which sometimes leads to early morning awakening.
- Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS). An unpleasant or “creeping” feeling that starts in the lower legs and is relieved with movement such as walking or kicking.
- Narcolepsy. Sudden “sleep attacks” occur during the day. Patients fall asleep and experience muscle weakness even during unusual circumstances (such as when physically active).
- Sleep/Wake Rhythm Disorder (also called Circadian rhythm sleep disorder). A problem with the body’s internal clock that tells the body when it’s time to sleep. Jet lag is a mild form of this.
- Parasomnias. Disruptive sleep disorders that involve waking during sleep, including nightmares, night terrors, sleepwalking and sleep paralysis.
One of the most telling signs of a sleep disorder is excessive daytime sleepiness, especially if you think you’re getting enough hours of sleep at night. If you are concerned you may have a sleep disorder, talk to your doctor or call our Center for Sleep Disorders at (409) 938-5229.
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