Sleep Disorders Lab

Are you tired of waking up and feeling as though you never slept? You might have a sleeping disorder.

At Magnolia Regional Health Center, we are committed to your nights rest.

The Sleep Disorders Lab at MRHC specializes in the disorders that affect your sleep. People with sleep disorders are at a greater risk for high blood pressure, unstable high blood pressure and other heart problems. Take a closer look at your sleep so you can wake up in the morning and feel refreshed.

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People who suffer from sleep disorders may have some of the following symptoms:

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  • Increased sleepiness during the day
  • Restlessness while sleeping at night
  • Difficulty falling asleep at different times
  • Reduction of concentration, memory, and attention
  • Increased periods of urination during the night
  • Sleepiness while on the job
  • Inability to complete needed tasks at home
  • Feelings of no sleep when you rest for eight or more hours at a time
  • Weight gain that continues to increase or is difficult to loose
  • Loud snoring that disturbs others around you
  • Difficulty staying awake while driving

There are many different types of sleep disorders, most of which are not recognized by the people who suffer from one. Sleep disorders are increasing every day in the United States and other countries.

They are increasingly becoming the most frequent reasons for automobile accidents in the United States. If untreated, sleep disorders can cause other health related problems including heart attacks, strokes, congestive health failure and contribute to the severity of other diseases.

Some of the most common sleep disorders include:

Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Obstructive Sleep Apnea is one of the most common sleep disorders that people have today. It occurs when the tissues and muscle in a person’s upper airway cause an obstruction. These excessive tissues or muscles of the airway relax and fall back closing off the airway and breathing for 10-90 seconds at a time. As the airway is closed off several times, a person’s sleep is interrupted during the night as well. When a person’s sleep is interrupted many times during the night, it becomes difficult to have a deep restful sleep.

Periodic limb movement syndrome

Symptoms of Periodic Limb Movement Syndrome include involuntary twitching of the arms or legs, often during sleep. The frequent movement of the arms and legs disturb a person’s sleep and cause symptoms of tiredness in the morning. This disorder is common for people who already have restless leg syndrome.

Insomnia

Difficulty in falling asleep and staying asleep is known as Insomnia. It can be caused by stress, excitement about an upcoming event or worry and should not be a long term problem. People who experience insomnia frequently may have another problem causing the insomnia events. Insomnia can also be caused by other sleep disorders.

Narcolepsy

Narcolepsy is a less common type of sleep disorder. It includes symptoms of excessive sleepiness, hallucinations just before and after sleep, muscle weakness and sometimes paralysis with increased emotional events. Some who suffer from this disorder may also experience an inability to move for several minutes after waking. It can be hereditary and is most common in people between the ages of 18-30. It is treatable with medication.

REM behavior disorder

REM Behavior Disorder includes sleepwalking and even acting out your dreams. This is also a more rare sleep disorder. It can also be hereditary and is common in adolescents and teenagers.

Although not common in adults, if this disorder is present, it indicates a more serious problem that should be treated.

Shift Work disorder

Shift Work Disorder includes symptoms of insomnia and tiredness and is due to the body not being able to have a regular sleep cycle. It is common in many people that work a night or change work shifts frequently. There are several types of sleep studies available.

General (Diagnostic Overnight) sleep study

General Sleep Study is the primary type of sleep study and is used to test for several types of sleep disorders. It is also used to diagnose sleep related breathing disorders such as sleep apnea.

General (Diagnostic Overnight) sleep study

General Sleep Study is the primary type of sleep study and is used to test for several types of sleep disorders. It is also used to diagnose sleep related breathing disorders such as sleep apnea.

MSLT (nap) study

MSLT Study is used to diagnose the sleep disorder called narcolepsy. It can also be used to determine how sleepy a person is during the daytime. This sleep study usually precedes an overnight sleep study.

CPAP/BIPAP Titrational Sleep Study

CPAP/BIPAP Titrational Sleep Study is used to adjust the settings on the equipment used to treat sleep apnea. It is also an overnight study in most cases.

MWT (Maintenance Of Wakefulness) study

MWT Study is primarily used by the department of transportation to insure that certain individuals who have had sleep problems can be allowed to drive during the day. This test measures the ability of a person to stay awake and alert during the day.

General instructions for sleep testing

On the day of your sleep study:

  • Do not sleep or take any naps after you wake up in the morning.
  • Do not consume any drinks with caffeine in them; drink only water or caffeine free products.
  • Please make sure that all gels and lotions are removed from hair, arms and legs.
  • Shower and wash your hair before you come for the study or you may shower and wash at the sleep disorders lab when you arrive.
  • If you prefer your own pillows, please bring them with you for you study.
  • Take all medications as usual, unless otherwise directed by your doctor or nurse practitioner.
  • If you take any medications that are scheduled after you leave home, please bring them with you to the sleep disorders lab. Example: pain medications, insulin, glucose tabs, glucose monitor, etc…
  • Bring a list of your current medications and include the name of the medication, strength of the medication, frequency of the medication and the reason you take the medication.

MRHC Sleep Disorders Lab Hours of Operation

Monday thru Friday - 8:00 am – 4:30 pm (voice mail available)

Scheduling of testing:

Diagnostic sleep study:

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday
Requires the person scheduled to be present from 7:30 pm until 6 am on the following morning.

Diagnostic (Overnight) sleep study with mslt (daytime) study:

Tuesdays & Thursdays
Requires the person scheduled to be present from 7:30 pm until 5 pm on the following afternoon.

CPAP/BIPAP Titrational Sleep Study (treatment Of sleep Apnea):

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday
Requires the person scheduled to be present from 7:30 pm until 6 am on the following morning.

Diagnostic And/Or CPAP/BIPAP Titrational (daytime) sleep study:

Tuesdays & Thursdays
This special scheduling is made by request for people who are evening shift workers and sleep during the day. Requires the person scheduled to be present from 8 am until 4 pm in the afternoon.

MWT (maintenance Of Wakefulness testing) study:

Tuesdays & Thursdays
This special testing is mandated by the Department of Transportation as a driving requirement. Requires the person scheduled to be present from 8 am until 4 pm in the afternoon.

Scheduling A sleep study At MRHC

To schedule a sleep study at MRHC consult your physician or nurse practitioner. If it is determined that you need a sleep study, your physician or nurse practitioner can contact the MRHC scheduling office to make the appointment. A few days after your sleep study is scheduled, you will receive mail from the sleep disorders lab including instructions, location information and directions to the facility.

Professional to contact

For more information on sleep disorders, contact a sleep disorders specialist. These individuals have special training in performing, treating and diagnosing sleep disorders. Contact your local sleep disorders lab to reach these individuals. For general information, contact a physician, nurse practitioner, or respiratory therapist.

Organizations to contact

American Academy of Sleep Medicine
www.aasmnet.org
(708) 492-0930

American Sleep Apnea Association
www.sleepapnea.org
(202) 293-3650

National Sleep Foundation
www.sleepfoundation.org
(708) 492-0930