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Just as food, water and air are necessities of life, sleep is essential for us to survive. Without adequate sleep, a series of health problems can arise. Many factors can inhibit the quality of sleep.
People who seek the help of a sleep disorders center often suffer from:
- Excessive daytime sleepiness and fatigue
- Pauses in breathing during sleep
- Loud snoring
- Restless sleep
- Abnormal behaviors
- Limb movements during sleep
- An uncontrollable urge to fall asleep at unwanted times
People suffering from these symptoms are at higher risk of health problems and accidents. Left untreated, sleep disorders can be related to several increased risks, including:
- Heart problems
- High blood pressure (hypertension
- Accidents at home, work or while driving
- Poor daily performance
Some of the diagnoses that may be associated with these symptoms include:
- Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome: Partial or complete obstruction of the upper airways, causing snoring and irregular breathing during sleep.
- Periodic limb movements during sleep: Involuntary rhythmic leg and arm movements during sleep.
- Restless Leg Syndrome: Uncontrollable urges to keep legs in motion due to discomfort while sitting still for long periods of time.
- Narcolepsy: Uncontrollable "sleep attacks" at inappropriate times and places, sometimes associated with loss of muscle tone.
Wesley’s Sleep Disorders Center is designed to aid in the diagnosis and treatment of these conditions. Our sleep specialists use advanced technologies to monitor specific body functions. Your physician will use the resulting information to develop your diagnosis and treatment plan. The sleep studies are conducted while you sleep in a comfortable room at the center. While you sleep, various monitors transmit information to equipment in an adjacent room where a sleep specialist oversees the study.
Common tests and treatments
With state-of-the-art technology, the following tests can be performed at the Wesley Sleep Disorders Center. Your physician will determine which study or combination of studies is best for you.
Polysomnography: A basic diagnostic study that includes monitoring respiratory, neurologic, cardiac, and other activity during sleep. Most sleep patients undergo this test first.
CPAP Study: Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) is an evaluation and treatment for Obstructive Sleep Apnea and other breathing problems. CPAP uses air pressure to act as a splint, to prevent the upper airway from collapsing. This pressure must be individually tailored to each patient.
BiPAP: Bi-Level Positive Airway Pressure (BiPAP) is an evaluation and treatment that uses different pressures when breathing in and breathing out. BiPAP is commonly used for patients who cannot tolerate CPAP or have accompanying respiratory diseases.
Split Night Study: A diagnostic polysomnograph is performed during the first half of the night, followed by a therapeutic CPAP study.
MSLT: The Multiple Sleep Latency Test is a daytime test that includes nap studies to estimate daytime sleepiness. This test helps diagnose excessive sleeping conditions (hypersomnia) including narcolepsy.
MWT: The Maintenance of Wakefulness Test is a multiple test used to verify the ability to stay awake throughout the day.
For more information, call the Wesley Sleep Disorders Center at (316) 962-8020.