More than 100 million Americans of all ages suffer from a sleep problem. Some of the more common sleep disorders are:
- Sleep apnea - Often known as snoring, or 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
Sleep studies are important because untreated sleep disorders can raise your risk for heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke and other medical conditions. Sleep disorders also have been linked to an increased risk of injury, such as falling (in the elderly) and car accidents.
Your doctor might be able to diagnose a sleep disorder based on your sleep schedule and habits. However, he or she might need the results from sleep studies and other medical tests to diagnose a sleep disorder. Physicians who can help you overcome your sleep problem may include Internists, Family Practitioners, Pulmonologists, Cardiologists, Neurologists, Psychiatrists; Psychologists and Otolaryngology Surgeons.
What is a sleep evaluation?
A sleep evaluation can be ordered by your physician to determine if you have a sleep disorder. With certain sleep disorders, a sleep study and other tests may be indicated.
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 parameters.
The study is performed while the patient sleeps overnight in a comfortable, private room. ALMH offers a double bed for comfort. Nighttime and daytime tests are available at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital.
A sleep study:
- lasts about nine hours
- must be ordered by a physician or a nurse practitioner
- records valuable data needed to diagnose sleep disorders
Located in ALMH's Respiratory Therapy department, the Sleep Study Center is a two-bed facility serving patients 16 years of age and up. Studies are offered Monday through Saturday. Single studies are available for those needing one-on-one care.
For more information
If you are having problems sleeping, talk to your doctor about the sleep study program at ALMH. Contact the Sleep Study Center at 217-605-5111.