Does your significant other complain about your constant snoring? Do you feel tired in the morning—even though you got a full night's sleep? If you answer yes to either question, you may have a sleep disorder.
Forty million Americans have chronic sleep disorders, and 20 million more have trouble sleeping occasionally. One in three Americans is so tired during the day that it interferes with activities such as work and driving. If left undiagnosed and untreated, sleep disorders can lead to hypertension and other serious medical conditions.
ACMC's Sleep Disorders Center is located on the hospital campus, but not in the medical center. This environment provides patients with the quiet needed for an accurate sleep study. Each room is designed to be comfortable and homelike and is equipped with a double bed, television and a place to store your belongings. Showers are also available so you can get ready for work or home the next morning.
A trained polysomnographer will monitor your heart rate, oxygen levels, breathing patterns and the number of times you wake up during the night. After scoring your sleep study, the technician will forward the results to the center's medical director for diagnosis.
Sleep studies are done on an outpatient basis, so you will not be admitted to the hospital. A sleep study is a medical test performed while you sleep at night in a very comfortable private room. This test is used to evaluate and diagnose a sleep disorder. Sleep studies are safe and noninvasive procedures that provide valuable information to your physician.
Sleep Center Services
Because we want to provide you with an accurate diagnosis and allow you to begin receiving treatment as quickly as possible, service features of the ACMC Sleep Disorders Center include:
- State-of-the-art Respironics Alice 5 sleep testing equipment.
- Masimo pulse ox and ECG to record sympathetic activity.
- Use of pressure transducer to monitor air flow.
- Studies scored within two business days of the test being performed.
- Interpretation to referring physician within seven working days of receipt of scored study.
- Flexible scheduling to include weeknights, weekends and daytime tests.
- Operation in accordance with standards set forth by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.
There are several treatments for sleep disorders, depending on whether your condition is moderate or severe. Treatment options include diet and losing weight, sleeping in an elevated position, wearing a mask that forces air into your lungs, or surgery. The medical director of the ACMC Sleep Disorders Center and your physician will discuss these options with you and recommend the treatment that will best meet your health needs.
Sleep studies are a covered benefit under most insurance carriers. These studies are done on patients 18 years and older. If you have any more specific questions or to make an appointment, please call the Sleep Disorders Center at 440.997.6744 or email Sleep.Center@acmchealth.org.