If bedtime becomes something other than a time of rest, there may be an underlying medical condition that can be diagnosed and treated. Since 1997, the St. Anthony Sleep Center has been helping men and women identify and treat sleep disorders.
If you are tired during the day, or have difficulty concentrating, talk with your physician about your sleep habits and about being evaluated for common sleep disorders, that may include:
- Sleep Apnea - Breathing stops periodically during sleep; one of the primary symptoms is heavy snoring
- Insomnia - Trouble sleeping, trouble staying asleep, waking up too early
- Restless Leg Syndrome - Disruption of sleep caused by discomfort in legs that is relieved by movement
Sleep Study (Polysomnograhy)
In order to diagnose Sleep Apnea or other sleep disorders, a patient must undergo a polysomnography (sleep study). This is typically done in a sleep lab, requiring the patient to spend the night in-lab, while the polysomnography (PSG) equipment records his/her physiological data. However, today with technological advancements a polysomnography can be performed at home and is called a home sleep study or a home sleep test. Your doctor may decide that a home sleep test will work for you. This will allow you to perform the test in the comfort of your own home. The St. Anthony Sleep Center will provide you with a small, lightweight, sleep testing monitor called SleepView that you will wear to bed. You will pick up the equipment from the Sleep Center and we will go through what you will need to do in detail. The data is then sent for interpretation.
If you need to have your sleep study performed at St. Anthony Regional Hospital's Sleep Center, park on the south side of the hospital, use the emergency entrance and check in at the admission desk. You will be escorted to the St. Anthony Sleep Center, a private bedroom and bathroom designed with the comfort of home. Please let us know if you have any special needs when you arrive. Bring something comfortable to sleep in, along with your own pillow, and anything else that will help make you comfortable during the test. We want you to be able to sleep when the test is started, so you are encouraged to read or watch television to relax before falling asleep. If you need to get up during the night, the technician will be able to disconnect you quickly.
During your test, your sleep patterns are monitored by small electrodes that are attached to your head, chest, and legs. Small sensors are placed near your nose, mouth, and throat, two belts are placed around your chest and a sensor is clipped on your finger. This is how the information is gathered that helps pinpoint abnormalities that may be affecting your sleep.
The following morning, you will be asked to complete a short questionnaire about how you slept. The information gathered during your sleep test is sent to a specialist for evaluation. Your personal physician should have the results in two weeks or less. If your physician has not contacted you within two weeks of your test, please call either your physician or the Sleep Center.
Contact the St. Anthony Sleep Center by calling (712) 794-5214.
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