At Redwood Area Hospital we see patients struggling with sleep problems. Our sleep study staff focus on helping patients identify their specific barriers to sleep—from breathing disorders to insomnia, Restless Leg Syndrome or even night terrors.
Sleep Apnea accounts for 80 percent of all sleep disorders. In a given night a person with sleep apnea may stop breathing 20 to 60 times per hour, causing snoring, gasping or choking sensations, daytime sleepiness, impotence, mood swings, excessive sweating during the night, high blood pressure and early morning headaches.
Many people with sleep apnea may be unaware of the problem. However, this repeated stress on the heart, brain and other organs can cause a myriad of serious health problems. People with undiagnosed or untreated sleep apnea are:
- Two to four times more likely to develop complex heart problems
- Two to three times more likely to develop high blood pressure
- Two times more likely to suffer stroke
- Have 50 percent more physician visits
If you are feeling run-down and tired most days, your physician may recommend a sleep study as your first step towards getting a good night’s rest.
During your sleep study
Our goal is to help you get a comfortable night’s rest—both during your study and after you leave.
When you arrive for your sleep study, our technician will help you become familiar with the space and equipment. During your study you may be fitted to a device called a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) system.
Your doctor may determine CPAP or another treatment is best for you. Using CPAP, a widely accepted treatment for Obstructive Sleep Apnea, air is delivered directly to the nose or mouth through a small mask.
There are many different types and shapes of sleep masks to provide comfort for all types of sleeping and breathing habits. A person who breathes mainly through their mouth may feel more comfortable with a different type of mask than someone who breathes through their nose while asleep. You will be able to try on each different mask type before going to bed and select the one that is most comfortable to you.
Once you have selected a mask, the sleep technician will get you “wired up” with a series of up to 22 attachments to record brain, muscle or skeletal activity, eye movement, heart rhythm and respiratory flow. All of these measurements help the sleep technician monitor your sleep patterns.
You will be put to bed in a comfortable Sleep Number® bed adjusted to your preference. The bed is also equipped with an Air Genie to adjust the height of head of the bed for optimum patient comfort.
During the night, the sleep technician will monitor your sleep from the adjoining room with a video monitor showing your room and a computer screen displaying real-time measurements of your sleep activity. The sleep technician will not enter your room during the night unless requested or to make necessary adjustments to your sleep mask. Air flow adjustments are made from the control room to determine the best sleep setting for you.
After your study
You will be discharged from the hospital by 7 a.m. and your sleep study results will be sent to our sleep specialist partners at PDS, Inc., a nationally recognized leader in sleep diagnostics. The sleep specialist will work with your physician and local home medical equipment providers if equipment, such as a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) system for use at home is needed, based on your diagnosis.