Living with a sleep disorder can interfere with your performance at home, school or work and can even affect your relationships with family and friends. Sleep disorders deprive half the people in this country of a good night’s sleep. The good news is that, in most cases, sleep disorders like sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome, narcolepsy, insomnia and parasomnia can be easily managed once they are properly diagnosed. Find out what’s standing between you and a good night’s rest by having a sleep study at HSHS St. Joseph’s Center for Sleep Medicine.
Your physician will review your health history for symptoms and risk factors to determine if your health is at risk from common sleep disorders. You may also take the surveys such as the Epworth Sleepiness Test. Once your physician determines you need a sleep study, you will be scheduled for a home study (with a portable unit) or an overnight stay at the St. Joseph’s Center for Sleep Medicine. This decision is based upon your insurance and your physician’s preference.
More than 100 different sleep disorders limit quality of life and may increase your risk for serious medical conditions including: heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, difficulty losing weight, depression, diabetes and weight gain.
Talk to your physician about the possibility of a sleep disorder if you answer yes to any of the following questions:
A sleep study is a painless, noninvasive test that measures your body’s function during sleep for the purpose of diagnosing and treating a sleep disorder. It enables a sleep specialist and your physician to determine a treatment plan that will help you sleep well, be refreshed and live a healthier life.
There are two components to a sleep study:
Occasionally, both portions of the test are performed in one evening, but some patients require a second night for the titration study. If the results show that you would benefit from CPAP therapy, you will likely be scheduled for a return visit for the titration study.
If you are scheduled for an overnight stay at the HSHS St. Joseph’s Center for Sleep Medicine (located on the second floor of the Medical Office Building), you will receive specific instructions for your visit. While you are here, you will have:
After the study, a sleep specialist will review the results and make appropriate recommendations to your physician.
The options depend on the type of sleep disorder that is diagnosed as a result of your sleep study. You and your physician will work together to determine what treatment is right for you. Common treatment options include:
If you are having trouble sleeping, ask your physician to refer you to St. Joseph’s Center for Sleep Medicine. For more information,download a brochure, call (618) 651-2736 or take the virtual tour below.